IAS, DANICS officers jointly protest ‘injustice’

NEW DELHI: The associations of the bureaucrats belonging to the AGMUT cadre of the Indian Administrative Service and DANICS jointly met on Tuesday evening and adopted a resolution to raise a collective voice against “injustices of any kind by the political executive of the Delhi government meted out to the officers of the state government in discharge of their duties”.

The two associations are likely to submit their resolution to lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, the IAS cadre-controlling union home ministry and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The spokesperson in the chief minister’s office did not respond to the phone call, text message and the query that TOI sent on Whatsapp asking for the government’s response to the resolution. There was no reply either to the phone call made to the office of deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The joint resolution is significant for being the first of its kind moved by IAS and DANICS officers. The last time the two associations joined hands in a similar fashion was in December 2016 when they decided to go on mass leave — for a day by DANICS bureaucrats and half a day by IAS officers — on the eve of the odd-even road restrictions coming into effect. The “leave from work”, as the bureaucrats had termed it, was meant to register their resentment at the treatment of some officers by a minister.Reminiscent of the testy relations between the bureaucracy and the state government, Tuesday’s resolution desired the “political executive in the Delhi government to maintain decorum in their comments against officers and not to resort to misdemeanour, unfounded allegations, misinformation campaign, etc. against officers, under any circumstances”.The officers recorded in the resolution, of which TOI has a copy, their “anguish and concern at the insults and use of offensive language against some senior officers by the political executive of Delhi government in the recent past”.Claiming that some officers had listed the difficulties they had faced and the humiliation they had been subjected to at the hands of the executive, the resolution said “this avoidable trend of humiliation of officers has been causing irreparable agony and anguish to the officers concerned and their hard earned reputation has been subjected often to trial, by various means”.Among the grouses mentioned, the officers said they were “prohibited from accessing print, electronic and social media to defend themselves even when they are spoken against in an unreasonable manner” and said repeated acts of this sort would cast a shadow on the functioning of the government, to its own detriment. The two associations appealed for respect and the extension of “minimum standards of courtesy” due to them.

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