Delhi govt calls senior officers’ meeting tomorrow

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has called a meeting with all senior bureaucrats tomorrow in the backdrop of the turf war between Delhi government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

The government’s move comes a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued an order to department heads to apprise him or the Minister concerned about any oral or written direction from the LG or his office before following them.

“Sisodia will hold a meeting with all department heads, including Principal Secretaries and Secretaries, to discuss flow of work,” sources said.

The Deputy CM will also cite the rules under which Delhi is administered and will ask officials to follow the government’s directions, they added.

Yesterday, the AAP government had issued an order signed by Kejriwal, asking the bureaucrats, including the Chief Secretary, to first consult the Chief Minister and other Ministers about any communication from the LG before acting on such directions.

“To ensure smooth functioning of day-to-day affairs of our government in accordance with the Constitution of India, the government of NCT of Delhi Act and Transaction of Business of the Delhi government it is hereby ordered that any direction or order, whether oral or written, received from honorable LG or his office to the Chief Secretary or any administrative Secretary, shall first be submitted by the concerned administrative Secretary/Chief Secretary on the file to the Minister incharge and the Chief Minister for a decision,” the order said.

The order came amid deepening confrontation between Kejriwal and Jung over appointments of top bureaucrats in Delhi government.