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Lieutenant Governor Baijal ‘protecting’ erring officials, claims AAP

The reaction came after Baijal wrote to home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, seeking withdrawal of powers given to the department-related standing committees (DRSCs) of the Delhi Assembly.

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2017 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The AAP criticised Anil Baijal for allegedly “protecting erring officials”.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday criticised Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for allegedly “protecting erring officials” of the Delhi government.

The reaction came after Baijal wrote to home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, seeking withdrawal of powers given to the department-related standing committees (DRSCs) of the Delhi Assembly.

AAP spokesperson and Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Whenever any senior official was summoned by these committees, the L-G grants leave to that particular official without letting the CM or Deputy CM know. Why is the L-G protecting officers from being asked to perform their duties?”

Bhardwaj said that the Delhi Assembly committees are helping make the executive accountable. “These committees have time and again been successful in questioning the government and the officer about unreasonable delays in execution of works,” he said.

He cited an example of a co-operative bank that had around 67,000 fake membership and was giving out loans worth crore of rupees fraudulently, among other irregularities it was committing. “However, after the intervention of the house committee, the co-operative bank was forced to take corrective measures,” Bhardwaj said.

Countering the allegation that the committees are pressuring officials to perform their duty, Kirari MLA Rituraj Jha said, “The MLAs working on these committees are rather holding officials accountable for their failure to ensure implementation of schemes, whether it is the free medicines scheme in hospitals or the cleaning of drains before monsoons or delay in setting up of sewage treatment plants.”

Continuing his ante, Bhardwaj said, “Our question to the L-G is: are these officers being pressured by MLAs for any personal favours? Such committees function across the country and are an important part of India’s democracy.”

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 21:41 IST