Reach out to officials directly: L-G to CM
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.