Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal has summoned the second meeting of the National Capital Civil Services Authority, on June 28. The primary agenda of the meeting will revolve around the transfer and posting of officers in Delhi.
With the objective of addressing the pressing concerns regarding the transfer and posting of officers, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has received a proposal from the Services department encompassing three distinct categories of requests. These categories include departments requesting the transfer of certain officers, departments seeking the posting of officers against vacant positions, and individual officer requests for transfer/postings.
At the same time, the CM has received complaints from many officers that Services department is selectively and arbitrarily processing requests for transfers and postings. Several officers have pointed out that their requests for transfers are pending with the Services department for long without any response.
For the sake of transparency, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has sent the file back instructing the Chief Secretary, who is the Member-Secretary of the NCCSA, to compile and present all the requests falling under the aforementioned three categories. The CM has directed such requests received by the Services Department in the last six months that are either pending or have been rejected must be submitted to the Chief Minister’s office no later than 5 pm on June 21. In an effort to ensure transparency and accountability, it has been directed that the reasons for rejection or pending status should be clearly indicated for each request.
The meeting, slated for June 28 at 11:00 am, will be held at the CM Camp Office, where discussions will take place regarding the transfer and postings of officials in Delhi. The Chief Minister aims to streamline and expedite the process to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the administrative machinery in the national capital.
This meeting of the NCCSA comes in the backdrop of a heated controversy that saw the bypassing of the NCCSA at the hands of the Delhi LG and the Chief Secretary. A few weeks back the Chief Minister as the Chairperson of the NCCSA had received a proposal for disciplinary proceedings against an officer. However, when the Chief Minister raised a query on the proposal, the Chief Secretary had completely bypassed the CM and the NCCSA.
The CS and the LG had colluded to take action going against the mandate of the NCCSA. In a brazen disregard of Section 45F(1) of the Centre’s Ordinance and established constitutional practices, the CS overruled CM’s directions for furnishing additional information, and bypassed the CM and the NCCSA and directly sent the file to the LG. Then, acting on CS’s advice, the LG overlooked the authority of the CM and NCCSA, and passed an order to suspend the officer.