Reach out to of­fi­cials di­rectly: L-G to CM

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Claim­ing that the al­leged as­sault on chief sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash by AAP MLAs has sent “shock waves among all sec­tions of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees across the coun­try”, lieu­tenant-gover­nor Anil Bai­jal on Tues­day asked chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal to di­rectly reach out to the bu­reau­cracy.

In a let­ter to Ke­jri­wal, the L-G said that dur­ing his meet­ings with var­i­ous ser­vice as­so­ci­a­tions, he felt that the gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees in Delhi were feel­ing “phys­i­cally in­se­cure”.

A state­ment from the L-G’s of­fice said that Bai­jal urged Ke­jri­wal to speak to the of­fi­cers.

“In the cir­cum­stances, he would urge the CM to reach out di­rectly to the em­ploy­ees as the greater re­spon­si­bil­ity lies on him as the al­leged as­sault on the chief sec­re­tary was re­ported to have hap­pened at the res­i­dence of the CM in his pres­ence.”

Terming the al­leged as­sault on Prakash “un­prece­dented”, Bai­jal stood by the bu­reau­cracy and said there is “a need to in­tro­spect how this de­plorable state of af­fairs has de­vel­oped”.

The L-G as­sured Ke­jri­wal that from his side, he would be mak­ing all ef­forts to re­store a sense of se­cu­rity amongst the gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

“The un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent of al­leged mis­be­haviour and phys­i­cal as­sault on the chief sec­re­tary, who is the head of the bu­reau­cracy, at the res­i­dence of the chief min­is­ter by the elected MLAs was un­prece­dented and has had a de­mor­al­is­ing ef­fect on the en­tire bu­reau­cracy. This in­ci­dent has sent shock waves through all sec­tions of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees in not only Delhi, but also in the en­tire coun­try,” a state­ment from Raj Ni­was, the L-G’s of­fice read.

Re­fer­ring to his meet­ings with var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions, Bai­jal said, the im­pres­sion he re­ceived was that, as of now, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees feel in­se­cure, “sadly in the very pres­ence of those, who have been elected to up­hold democ­racy and rule of law”.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the L-G came fol­low­ing a re­quest by deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia ask­ing Bai­jal to or­der bu­reau­crats to re­sume work.

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