New Delhi: Tussle between Delhi Government and Officials Continues

Summary:

  • Principal Finance Secretary Ashish Chandra Verma accused of not following Delhi Government’s orders
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweets about the matter
  • Delhi Services Act allows officers to openly oppose government’s written orders
  • Finance Minister Atishi says officers’ refusal to obey elected government will hinder Delhi’s progress
  • Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva believes Delhi Services Act has put an end to corrupt governance
  • Chief Minister questions if any state, country, or institution can function like this
  • Latest matter relates to GST refund

Despite the implementation of the Delhi Services Act, the tussle between the Delhi government and officials continues. The latest case involves Principal Finance Secretary Ashish Chandra Verma, who is accused of not following the orders of the Delhi government despite repeated requests. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed his concern about this matter on Twitter.

Kejriwal’s tweet highlights that the Delhi Services Act allows officers to openly rebel against the written orders of the elected government. Consequently, officials have started refusing to obey the orders of the ministers of the Delhi government.

Finance Minister Atishi has commented on this matter, stating that the Principal Finance Secretary has refused to obey the order. Atishi received a 40-page letter from Ashish Chandra Verma, stating that they will not comply with the elected government. Atishi argues that this undermines the accountability of officers towards the elected government, as section 45J of the Act empowers officers to not implement the orders of elected ministers.

Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva believes that corrupt governance has ended in the capital due to the Delhi Services Act. He suggests that the Chief Minister and ministers of Delhi are upset because they can no longer intimidate officials into accepting their illegal orders. Sachdeva asserts that the AAP government needs to improve its functioning and cannot unnecessarily pressure officers.

In response to the ongoing situation, Chief Minister Kejriwal questioned whether any state, country, or institution can run effectively under such circumstances. He believes that the Delhi Services Act will ruin Delhi and accuses the BJP of wanting this outcome. Kejriwal calls for the immediate repeal of this act.

The latest issue revolves around the delay in GST refund. Former Finance Minister Kailash Gehlot had ordered the Principal Finance Secretary to file an SLP in the Supreme Court, but no hearing took place. The current Finance Minister, Atishi, subsequently canceled the earlier order.

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