A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that 90 per cent of IAS officers “do not work” which then slows down the pace of work at times, former CM Sheila Dikshit came out in support of the bureaucrats.
Dikshit said on Tuesday that Delhi has “some of the most efficient” bureaucrats who have also worked with her during her tenure. The three-time chief minister said Delhi’s IAS officers helped her in achieving her goal of “transforming the Capital.
Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit took a swipe at her successor Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, saying that the national capital had among the best bureaucrats in the country. But if you only wish to pick up battles of ego, you cannot even work under best of environments.
Kejriwal ji, Delhi has some of the most efficient bureaucrats. They helped me tirelessly in achieving my goal of transforming Delhi,” Dikshit tweeted. Dikshit was CM of Delhi for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, heading the Congress government in the Capital.
While addressing the public on Monday, Kejriwal had alleged that at times he feels development was “stuck up at the secretariat”. The Delhi CM also alleged that IAS officers “obstructed files” of development works.
According to sources, the Delhi Secretariat, that houses the CM’s office, has been witnessing a cold war between the IAS officers and AAP ministers. Many IAS officers had alleged “interference” by Delhi ministers on administrative issues.
Tussles between the AAP government and bureaucrats is not new. In May 2015, Kejriwal had accused then acting chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin of “favouring” power companies and claimed that she wanted to “trick the government into signing documents which would give Rs 11,000 crore to these firms”. Then, in December 2015, Delhi government bureaucrats had gone on mass leave to protest the suspension of two Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service cadre officers.
Earlier this month, the government had issued an order to lock the office of a senior IAS officer after he had issued directives notifying the appointment of then power secretar Gamlin as the acting chief secretary.