Show bills to ministers before sending them to L-G : Sisodia to officials
Usually, ever since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government came to power, the officials would directly sent the files to the L-G without taking comments from the ministers.delhi Updated: Oct 05, 2017 23:28 IST
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has directed officials not to send any bill to lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal without the minister concerned approving their comments.
Sisodia issued the order soon after the Delhi Assembly passed a bill to regularise 15,000 guest teachers in government schools.
“The guest teacher regularisation bill passed by the House has to be sent to L-G after comments by the secretaries concerned as per the rule. I have ordered both the law and education secretary not to send the bill to L-G before the ministers approve their (secretaries’) comments,” Sisodia said on Thursday.
Usually, ever since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government came to power, the officials would directly sent the files to the L-G without taking comments from the ministers.
According to the Transaction of Business Rules (TBR), the education and the law departments will comment on the bill, which will then be sent to the L-G by the law secretary.
The relations between the officials (bureaucrats) and the AAP government had been bitter since it came to power in February 2015. Last month, CM Arvind Kejriwal had shot a letter to the L-G, saying that a proposal empowering the medical superintendent to fill the vacant posts by hiring requisite experts from outside on contract basis, was sent to him without approval from the health minister Satyendar Jain or to the CM.
“Before the file was sent to you, I called for the file. To my surprise, the senior officers refused to show me the file saying that they had been instructed by the L-G not to show this file to any minister including the CM,” Kejriwal said in a letter to the L-G on September 23.
The Delhi Assembly on Wednesday passed the Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers Engaged Under the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ Bill, 2017, a bill expected to benefit 15,000 guest teachers.
The bill had become a matter of heated debate between the ruling AAP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with each side accusing the other over intentions. After the cabinet approved the draft, Baijal asked the CM to re-consider the decision.
“We hope L-G will sign the bill,” Sisodia said.
The Delhi government on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading people by underplaying the current downturn in the country’s economic growth.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, claimed the PM presented the “facts wrongly” when he spoke on the GDP slowdown on Wednesday. “The PM’s speech was more imaginative than truth. Either he is lying or he is ignoring the scale of economic crisis that the country is facing today. He said the GDP reduced in one quarter when we know it has consistently come down from 9.1% to 5.7% in the last six quarters. And he wants us not to worry,” Sisodia, who is also the finance minister of Delhi, said during a presser at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office.
The AAP leader was referring to the Prime Minister’s address to a gathering of Company Secretaries where he had said that his government will continue reforms and not hesitate to take decisions to reverse the GDP slowdown witnessed in the last two quarters.
Taking a jibe at Modi, Sisodia said, “If I summarise the prime minister’s speech...you are patting yourself on the back like a doctor who says the operation has been successful but the patient is dying.”
Sisodia said that the PM cannot fool people, including economists, by indulging in rhetoric while ignoring facts. He also criticised the PM of drawing parallels with the UPA government which, according to him, also failed to control the economic slowdown.
“Your government came to power because the previous one failed. Why go back in time and talk about economic crisis then. People used to use bullock carts before, should we stop talking about bullet trains,” he said.
Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, suggested that Modi government must take lessons from the Delhi government in running the country. “Not withstanding political differences, they (Centre) can take some lessons on education and health sector from us,” he said.
“The Union government spends almost 1% GDP on health and 3.7% of GDP on education. Our government has spend 13% GDP on health and 23% on education,”
He pointed out there was no mention of job creation in the 55-minute long speech of the PM. “If everything is alright, then what brought the GDP down,” he said.