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On Tuesday, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung appointed a three-member committee to examine over 400 files submitted to his office “containing infirmities and irregularities”. While some departments under the Delhi government have engaged the majority of their staff to pull out files that need to be sent to the Lt-Governor, others didn’t have as many files that needed review.
Lashing out at the Lt-Governor for appointing officers of his choice into departments of the Delhi government, Sisodia tweeted, “ Aapke tainat officer na mantriyon ki meeting me aa rahe hai, na unki sun rahe hai. Kuch toh chupchap bata bhi jaate hai ki hamein iske liye mana kiya gaya hai…… LG sahab ne chaprasi se lekar mukhya sachiv tak ko pichle dedh saaal ki filein chhanne me laga diya. Isi ke chalte aaj meri teen meeting cancel hui (Officers appointed by you (LG) don’t attend ministers’ meetings nor do they listen to them. Some quietly tell us that they have been told not to do some things… LG sir has engaged officers from peons to secretaries in scanning files from the last year and a half. Because of this three of my meetings were canceled).”
Government officials said the three meetings called by Sisodia were those of the Department of Education, sports and environment and forests.
”The environment minister and the deputy chief minister were present in one meeting. But officers either did not show up or sent their juniors to attend the meeting as they were busy pulling out files for the Lt-Governor. If it goes on like this, all of Delhi government’s work will come to a grinding halt,” a government source said.
A government official said after gathering all the files cleared over the past year and a half, heads of departments will have to give a signed undertaking that they have sent all the relevant files from their department to the Lt-Governor else, they would be held responsible for unaccounted files.
“Files pertaining to appointments in the department, projects, official tours of the officers and policy decisions are all being sent for review.” said the government official.
According to Jung’s office, on August 8 and August 23, in the light of the Delhi High Court’s decision, principal secretaries and heads of various departments under the Delhi government were directed to review instances where prior approval of the Lt-Governor was required as per rules, but was not obtained.