Chief secy is taking orders from BJP: CM
Says Ignored Directive On Metro Fare Hike
New Delhi: The bureaucracy is again in the eye of a storm with Delhi’s top babu, chief secretary MM Kutty, facing the ire of the chief minister. Alleging that Kutty had refused to heed his directions to order an inquiry into the issue of the Delhi Metro fare hike, Arvind Kejriwal alleged in a statement on Friday that the chief secretary had the “backing of the BJP-led Centre” and was “taking orders from BJP”.
After a lull in the familiar state-Centre and executivebureaucracy battles in Delhi, this seemed to signal another troubling period ahead. The CM’s statement warned that the “elected government will look into the options to deal with such dereliction and sabotage of the bureaucrats towards the pro-people move of the government”.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal instructed the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) to examine issues related to the recent increase in
The denial of the CS to order the inquiry even after being asked by the CM is a first of its kind in the history of the country. This makes it clear that the CS has the backing of the Centre and is sabotaging Delhi’s efforts to send relief to the people CM STATEMENT
Delhi Metro fares and to assess whether this could have been avoided. In a note to Kutty asking him to initiate an inquiry in the matter, Kejriwal had written, “The steep hike in metro fares has caused considerable distress to the people of Delhi. The hike could not have come at a worse time. The economy is in recession, medium and small scale businesses are facing losses and unemployment is soaring high.” DDC, which is headed by the CM as chairman and Ashish Khaitan as vice-chairman, was set up in 2015 as the government’s think tank.
On Friday evening, upset by reports that Kutty had not complied with the CM’s directions, Kejriwal summoned the bureaucrat and issued a statement after the meeting to allege, “The denial of the CS to order the inquiry even after being asked by the CM for the same is a first of its kind in the democratic history of the country. This makes it clear that the CS has the backing of the BJP-led Centre and is sabotaging Delhi government’s efforts to send relief to the people of Delhi by getting the fare hike inquired into.”
The statement from the CM’s office added, “The government now is of the view that such bureaucrats must have sabotaged the elected government’s stand on the Metro fare hike in the board meeting that decided on the hike.”
Repeated attempts to reach Kutty proved futile.