CM Arvind Kejriwal attacks Centre for confusion during dengue crisis

CM Arvind Kejriwal attacks Centre for confusion during dengue crisis

NEW DELHI: A fresh round of confrontation has erupted between the Centre and the state. Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has warned all officers, including IAS and DANICS, against following the state’s orders that have been declared as “null and void” by the central government as they were in violation of laid out norms.

In response, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Centre for trying to create a sense of confusion among the officers through the LG at a time when the city is reeling under the impact of the worst dengue outbreak in five years.

The LG, in a memorandum on Thursday, warned officers that if they will follow the state’s orders they should be ready to face strict action. This includes disciplinary action and penalties for recovery of any financial losses to the exchequer.

In his letter to the PM, Kejriwal said Jung should not have issued such a directive. “I request both Prime Minister Narendra Modiji and the central government with folded hands that at this time the people of Delhi are reeling under the menace of dengue. The disease has spread everywhere. The situation this time is worst as compared to the last five years,” the letter states.

The CM said Jung, in his order, has stated that the Centre asked him to issue the directive cautioned officers of salary cut and other strict action if they do not follow it. Slamming Jung, the chief minister says in the letter, “I urge you not to create confusion in the minds of the officers at this point and to let us work together as a team.”

“If the Centre wants to fight, it can do so two months later when the crisis subsides. Until the time dengue is in Delhi, they should not resort to such things and instead assist the government in fighting the disease,” the letter adds.

The LG’s order says, “Should any officer choose to follow the AAP government, both disciplinary action for compliance of illegal orders and recovery of financial loss caused to the government as a result of such action would follow.”

“The government of India has taken note of the current constitutional position in the capital and major instances of violation of the Constitution, laws and rules, such as change in the pay structure of DANICS officers, the constitution of so-called commission of inquiry, etc. The Centre has declared these decisions of Delhi government as illegal and ab initio void,” the memorandum adds.

 

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