Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government cleared a proposal to hike the salaries of its mid- and senior-level officers, the Centre has rejected Delhi government’s decision.
In a letter sent to the Delhi chief secretary, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA)has expressed its displeasure over the state government’s decision to grant time-bound pay scales to Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers, declaring it as ‘ultra vires’.
On August 11, the AAP government had issued a press statement stating that pay scales of DANICS officers be revised after they complete 13, 18 and 21 years of service.
In its communication to KK Sharma, chief secretary, Delhi, The MHA states that it is the “competent authority to make any amendments in the DANICS Rules” and that the Delhi government did not seek its approval before the announcement was made public. The AAP government had said that the decision was taken to boost the morale of these officers who were unhappy over pay structures.