Former chief secretary to Delhi government, Omesh Saigal, has said that he had written to Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, when another notification was issued allowing the use of staff card to parliamentary secretaries.
Saigal told ANI, “It was just friendly advice.Don’t know if he(Kejriwal) received it. I never got any reply or acknowledgement. I had studied the subject for a case, so just wanted to warn him of danger he is putting his MLAs into.”
Saigal’s revelation comes after the Delhi government’s maintained that its 21 MLAs were discharging the roles of parliamentary secretaries without any government benefits or additional perks.
Saigal also told India Today TV that he didn’t see any rationale in the need to have 21 parliamentary secretaries.
He said, “The kind of language Kejriwal is using will not help him to achieve his goals. I don’t find any logic in having 21 Parliamentary Secretaries in Delhi.”
21 MLAs belonging to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could lose their membership after President Pranab did not approve the Dual Office Bill proposed by the Delhi government.
A Delhi lawyer had sent a petition to the President’s office, after the state cabinet cleared the proposal keeping parliamentary secretaries out of the office-of-profit purview on June 19.
Prashant Patel, based at Karkardooma Court, filed the plea asking the President to take action against the creation of 21 “unconstitutional” posts by the Delhi government.
The Delhi government’s had appointed 21 AAP legislators as “parliamentary secretaries to ministers” last year. This decision had caused considerable controversy as the opposition criticised the move with both the BJP and the Congress had termed these appointments as grossly illegal.
The Centre’s BJP-led central government had stipulated these posts as “office of profit” thereby paving the way for their disqualification.
As parliamentary secretaries, these MLAs are not entitled entitled to any additional salary, but they “may use government transport for official purposes and office space in the minister’s office will be provided to them to facilitate their work.”
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted strongly to the news that President Mukherjeee had withheld his government’s dual office bill.
He took to Twitter to say, “(Narendra) Modi jidoesn’t respect democracy. He’s scared of Aam Aadmi Party. No MLA received a single paisa. Neither did they get any car, bunglow. They got nothing. All MLAs were working for free. Modi ji is asking all of them to sit at home. According to him, no one should work.
“One MLA was assigned for in electricity department, other was given role in Water dept. One was on hospital duty, other had schools duty. Modi ji is saying, ‘Neither will I work not let anyone else work’.”