It’s a double whammy for Delhi government. Even before it could come to terms with the Union home ministry's intention to transfer its seven senior IAS officers, Delhi government was dealt another blow in the form of an order to transfer 25 DANICS officers out of Delhi.
Interestingly, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had met Union home minister P Chidambaram, just a few hours before this order was released, protesting against reshuffling city administration without taking her into confidence.
The list of DANICS officers who have been transferred to Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli include Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan director SK Bhandari, additional secretary (finance) BL Sharma, deputy commissioner (south) Umesh Kumar Tyagi, secretary to PWD
minister, Sudhir Mahajan, deputy commissioner (central) DN Singh and several other ADMs and senior officers in other departments.
Delhi government's discomfort stems from the fact that it is going to face assembly polls next year and many of the transferred officers are those holding key posts and who are responsible for implementing important schemes. Some senior IAS officers who are heading key departments are due to retire in the next couple of months, which is likely to add to the government's woes.
Union home ministry, however, said all transfers and postings were done as per the norms.
Sources said the home ministry has transferred 50 officers — both DANICS and IAS combined — out of Delhi in just about a month. Interestingly, Delhi government has a shortage of about 100 DANICS officers. Delhi government is only getting five DANICS officers transferred from other areas but officials feel the number is far too less for Delhi's comfort. Of the 363 sanctioned posts of DANICs, Delhi should have 309 officers but the number is just about 210.
"When we seek transfer to MCD or DDA, we are told that Delhi has shortage of officers. Then why the Centre is shifting us out now?" asked a senior DANICS officer who has been transferred to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly VK Malhotra criticised the CM for not taking the House in confidence over the issue.