AGMUT, DANICS officers on mass leave today


Delhi Secretariat

Delhi government officials don’t seem to be in a mood any longer to take the ham-handed attitude of the AAP Cabinet lying low. Several senior bureaucrats in the Delhi government have decided to go on mass leave today. Members of the DANICS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service) Officers’ Association have also decided to go on leave to protest the suspension of two senior DANICS officials Monday. The two officials — Subhash Chandra, special secretary, prisons, and Yashpal Garg, special secretary, prosecution — had been suspended by the AAP government as they had allegedly refused to sign two cabinet notes.
The move will also affect a ‘coordination meeting’ called by the government to finalise last-minute preparations for odd-even trial period.
There are over 200 DANICS officials in Delhi; a majority of them are sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) and additional district magistrates (ADMs). Once the odd-even policy is implemented, SDMs will have the task of supervising civil defence volunteers and ensuring that those violating the policy are penalised.
The DANICS officials have received support from the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territories) IAS Cadre Association, which extended “support to the DANICS resolution” and said, “it was jointly resolved to convey the concerns and anguish of both the associations to various government authorities concerned”.
In their letter to the MHA, DANICS officials claimed that Chandra and Garg had been suspended “illegally”. “The two senior officers of DANICS, namely Yashpal Garg and Subhash Chandra, both working as special secretary, Home, GNCTD, have been illegally suspended for refusing to sign the notification which was not approved by the competent authority regarding grant of higher pay scales for the staff of prosecution department and prisons department,” they said.
Defending the suspended officials, DANICS officials have said that they could not have signed the notification as the Lieutenant Governor had already referred the matter to the President under Rule 50 of the Transaction of Business Rules of the GNCTD Rules, 1993. According to the rule, “where a case is referred to the central government in pursuance of Rule 50, it shall be competent for the Lt Governor to direct that action shall be suspended pending the decision of the President on such case…”. “The association met on an emergent basis and decided to go on mass leave on December 31, 2015. It is requested to take all measures to declare suspension orders null and void. In lieu of Thursdy, officers will work on Saturday that is January 2, 2015, to compensate the loss of work,” wrote DANICS officials.


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