New Delhi(web team): Amid its bitter face-off with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, the AAP government on Monday night directed all its officials to apprise the Chief Minister or Minister concerned about any oral or written direction from the LG or his office before following them.
In a directive, the order signed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said the bureaucrats including the Chief Secretary will have to first consult with the Chief Minister and other Ministers about any communication from the LG before acting on such directions.
“To ensure smooth functioning of day-to-day affairs of our government in accordance with the Constitution of India, the Government of NCT of Delhi Act and Transaction of Business of the Delhi Government it is hereby ordered that any direction or order, whether oral or written, received from Honorable LG or his office to the Chief Secretary or any administrative Secretary, shall first be submitted by the concerned administrative Secretary/Chief Secretary on the file to the Minister incharge and the Chief Minister for a decision,” the order said.
The order came amid deepening confrontation between Kejriwal and Jung over appointments of top bureaucrats in the Delhi government.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday amidst escalating tensions between his government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of senior IAS officer Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary.
Kejriwal had sought appointment for a meeting with the President. According to sources in the Chief Minister’s Office, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has given him appointment at 6 pm.
A day ago, the AAP government told the LG that it would not comply with his “unconstitutional” orders.
Citing the rules under which Delhi is administered, the order mentions that it was the collective responsibility of the council of ministers for disposal of all business of the government.
Pointing at the LG bypassing the rule, Kejriwal wrote that none of the three statutes authorise the LG to issue any order/direction to Chief Secretary or any administrative Secretary bypassing the minister in charge or council of ministers.
“As you are aware the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the department are severally responsible for the careful observance of the TBR under rule 57. Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and heads of department are directed to strictly adhere to this order,” the order further said.
(With PTI inputs)