Central IAS officers association to discuss Gamlin row


The controversy over the appointment of Delhi’s acting chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin refuses to end. Now the central IAS officers’ association has called a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.

“The association has decided to hold its executive committee meeting on May 25, 2015 to discuss all the issues affecting the governance and administration, and ultimately public policies, programmes and public delivery systems,” said Sanjay Bhoosreddy, secretary of the body.

The controversy over the appointment of IAS officer Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary will also be discussed during the meeting, official sources said (as reported by news agency PTI).

According to reports, the central IAS officers association will be issuing a resolution on the issue after its meeting.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has opposed the responsibility given to Gamlin by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and accused her of favouring power discoms.

During a meeting held yesterday, union territories cadre IAS officers association had expressed its strong objection in the matter saying “the character assassination of a civil servant in public” was unacceptable.

Kejriwal had also raised the issue of Gamlin’s appointment while addressing a gathering of autorickshaw drivers (Auto Samvaad) and their union leaders few days back here.

“In Delhi, the central government is trying to run the government unconstitutionally through the Lt Governor. Let the Dehi government function independently,” Kejriwal stated in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Gamlin row.

Gamlin, a 1984 batch IAS officer of union territories cadre, has been appointed as acting chief secretary due to absence of leave of K K Sharma. Gamlin is Principle Secretary (Power) in Delhi government.