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Assembly moves to form Delhi’s own public service commission

The move would empower the Aam Aadmi Party government to conduct recruitment for the vacant posts in its various departments.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2018 12:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A file photo of Delhi Vidhan Sabha. On the first day of the monsoon session, the AAP legislators demanded creating a public service commission for Delhi citing “repeated refusal” of bureaucrats to cooperate with the political executive.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

The Delhi Assembly on the first day of its monsoon session passed a resolution to constitute a ‘Public Service Commission for Delhi’, which would empower the Aam Aadmi Party government to conduct recruitment for the vacant posts in its various departments.

The AAP legislators demanded creation of the commission citing “repeated refusal” of bureaucrats to cooperate with the political executive. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia alleged that a “constant attempt” is being made to “sabotage” flagship AAP government schemes such as doorstep delivery of ration and creating mohalla clinics.

“Having control over services does not only mean transfers and postings of officers. It is also about fixing accountability of erring officers, acting on corruption and creating posts. We built 8,000 classrooms and mohalla clinics, but how will we run these facilities if there are no teachers and doctors in these buildings,” Sisodia said.

Speaking in the House, revenue minister Kailash Gahlot said that he and officers are clueless about who is the acting divisional commissioner in Delhi at present. “Manisha Saxena went on leave in July and then for a long time no order came from the services department as to who has been given the interim charge. I called up the chief secretary to ask and was told the VAT commissioner has the charge. But when I spoke to the VAT commissioner, he said he hasn’t received any order,” the minister said.

Gahlot also pointed out that it was only in August that the services department issued an order appointing G. Narendra Kumar as the interim divisional commissioner. “Such is the state of affairs that now I am told Kumar has been on leave ever since he was given the posting August 3 onwards, and he will be on leave till the end of this month. So right now, there is nobody to monitor and review the works of various district magistrates,” he said.

Gahlot also pulled up transport commissioner Varsha Joshi with whom he allegedly got into a verbal spat over corruption in Burari transport authority. “No institute or human is perfect. How can there be no corruption in the authority? Why not investigate the complaints instead of just saying no case of corruption was found?” Gahlot told the House.

Replying to this, Joshi said the transport department will soon be coming out with a proposal to “entirely” clean up Burari’s transport authority. “We spent the entire weekend formulating a proposal to clean up Burari, and increase manifold the convenience of the visiting public. We will be putting up the proposal for approval soon,” she said.

The resolution that was moved by AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, Saurabh Bhardwaj, stated that “there are huge number of vacancies in various levels in all sectors of governance in NCT of Delhi, including in professional, technical, and administrative positions such as teaching, non-teaching, medical, engineering, school/college/hospital administration, general administration, etc which is the main reason for such deficient delivery of services to the public.”

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 12:31 IST