Chief secy is tak­ing or­ders from BJP: CM

Says Ig­nored Di­rec­tive On Metro Fare Hike

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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