Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kejriwal slams Delhi IAS for continuing strike; IAS AGMUT Association says there’s no strike, work is on with “written communications”

DELHI chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia and two other cabinet ministers spent the Monday night at the waiting room of the Lt Governor’s residence, protesting against what they claimed the LG’s inaction to end the bureaucrats’ strike in Delhi. “In the history of independent India, this is the first time that IAS officers on strike for four months. Why?” — Kejriwal tweeted on Monday. IAS AGMUT Association strongly refuted the charges, saying that no officer…
has been on a strike subsequent to assault of Delhi chief secretary at 12 midnight on February 19, 2018. In a statement, the Association says that the officers “continue to work with full vigour and dedication, in fact, many times even on holidays”.
Earlier on Monday, CM had issued a statement citing various examples of works getting halted due to the non-cooperation of the officers. He even named officers and described how they are not co-operating and not even returning phone calls to the ministers concerned. The CM says, the work of the Delhi government and the delivery of services are impacted due to the strike of the officers.
The IAS officers, however, say that they are not on any strike, and are regularly attending their offices. “However, the officers are not attending routine meetings called by the Ministers and the CM. The reasons being that the CM and the Ministers have failed till date to give any assurance regarding safety, security, dignity and respect to the officers including women officers. Due to genuine apprehension in the mind of officers/officials, we are constrained to have interaction with the Ministers only by means of written communications”, the Association of the AGMUT cadre IAS officers says in its statement.

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