In a move which can further trigger tussle between the AAP government and the lieutenant governor, Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain has directed HoDs of his departments to take decision on ‘shadow or part’ files even as the original files are submitted to the LG office. The AAP government said it decided to take decision on shadow files as various important projects are being “derailed” as original files are submitted to the LG office.
In his order to heads of his departments, Jain, who has charge of key departments – Health, Power, PWD, Industries, Transport, Urban Development and Home, said there should be “no delay” in executing the ongoing projects and works due to lack of decision on the “pretext” that concerned files are submitted to the Lt Governor office. Last month, LG Najeeb Jung had ordered all HoDs to send those files where his prior approval was required, but not taken by the Kejriwal government following HC order which ruled that the Lt Governor was the “administrative” head of national capital.
Subsequently, Jung had constituted a three-member panel to examine around 400 files containing “infirmities and irregularities” in taking decisions by the AAP government. In the order, the minister said it is noticed that the decision making process in respect of many important issues pertaining to his departments has come to “virtual halt” in the recent days on the pretext that original files related to the subject is under submission to LG office for ex post facto approval/information of decisions taken earlier. “As such a practice is derailing the implementation/ commissioning of important works/projects and is detrimental to the public interest.
“It is hereby directed that the concerned HoDs shall ensure that the ongoing projects/works are not delayed for lack of decision on such pretext (due to files submitted to LG office) and that appropriate action be initiated on the shadow files/part files, as the case may be, for appropriate action,” Jain said. He, however, asked officers not to take decision in respect of such cases where there is specific directions from the LG office that the ongoing work is to stopped with immediate effect. Shadow files are the copies of original and related part files.
The LG is having a long-running battle with the AAP government on a range of issues.
(With PTI inputs)