In an explosive revelation, jantakareporter.com has learnt that the Delhi government’s home secretary, SN Sahai, had allegedly plotted to fail his own government’s ambitious project Odd-Even Formula, just hours before its dry run in the capital.
A top source told jantakareporter.com that Sahai held a meeting with his senior colleagues including the Divisional Commissioner, A Anbarasu, at 1630 hours on 30 December in his office at the fourth floor of the secretariat.
The senior civil servants present in the meeting decided that the IAS officers association should meet and decide to extend their support to the DANICS officers, who had been suspended by the Delhi government for refusing to sign the cabinet notes.
The IAS officers association met at 1830 hours and extended their support to the DANICS officers announcing their decision to go on half a day leave on 31 December- day of the dry run for Odd-Even formula.
Between the two meetings, says a top source who was present there, the central government was communicated at 1700 hours about civil servants’ plan to go on leave allegedly with an intention to fail the initiative to curb pollution in the capital.
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday told jantakareporter.com, how the protest leave by these officers had adversely impacted the government’s plan to do a dry run of Odd-Even formula on 31 December.
On 31 December,Kejriwal had made a sensational allegation that the DANICS and IAS officers in Delhi had become the ‘full fledged B teams’ of the BJP.
Kejriwal had also alleged that both the PMO and LG were instrumental in prompting the DANICS and IAS officers to go on mass leave primarily to scuttle the Delhi government’s ambitious Odd-Even programme, which started on 1 January.
Delhi government on 29 December had suspended two senior officials for refusing to sign some files, causing yet another potential showdown with the Lieutenant Governor and Centre.
As many as 200 bureaucrats from Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service cadre threatened to go on mass leave on Thursday in protest against the government’s decision. The 70-odd IAS officers, who work in different departments of the national capital, also threatened to go on a half-day leave on Thursday in solidarity with the DANICS.
A senior government official said that the conduct of the home secretary Sahai, who was appointed in July 2015, and other civil servants was a serious matter as ‘there has never been any any such precedence of IAS officers going on strike in the past.’
The latest revelation on how the home secretary allegedly plotted against his own government to fail a serious policy decision, which impacted the lives of people in Delhi, may not go down well with the people at large.