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AAP regime: Bureaucrats wait with bated breath

During his first stint as Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal in his bid to check graft, had transferred about 800 Jal Board staff in a single order and now, officials and top bureaucrats, including IAS officers are eagerly waiting with their fingers crossed for Tuesday when the assembly poll results are announced.

If an AAP government takes office after a victory as predicted by exit polls, then the bureaucrat-turned-politician will again attempt to streamline the functioning of the government departments as he had done in his previous 49-day stint.

A number of Union Territory cadre IAS and non- IAS officers are keen to work under the team of Kejriwal, but a few are also afraid of transfers, because in the last 49 days, nearly 100 top officials were shifted with re-shufflings across the departments.

Sources say that all the bureaucrats are desperately waiting for the final result of the assembly election. In his earlier 49-day stint, Kejriwal had asked the honest and dynamic bureaucrats to contact him for assignments.

In January, 2014, amid complaints, Kejriwal had transferred about 800 Delhi Jal Board staff in a single stroke.

Not only that, he had also transferred 15 SDMs just two days before putting in his papers as Delhi’s Chief Minister.

Due to stringent steps taken by him, reports say that corruption was controlled to a considerable level in government departments. His government paid special attention to streamline departments involved in public dealing like motor licencing, revenue, anti-corruption branch, sub-registrar offices and VAT. Kejriwal government had also transferred 17 sub-registrars also.

Present Urban Department Secretary Rajendra Kumar was chosen as Secretary to Kejriwal in his first stint. Delhi Chief Secretary DM Spolia was removed and replaced with former DDA Vice-Chairman S K Srivastava.

But, Srivastava was removed from the post of Chief Secretary on August 28, 2014, during President’s Rule. It is expected that most probably, SK Srivastava could get a second chance of Chief Secretary if an AAP government takes office in Delhi. Srivastava is presently holding the post of Chairman of the Delhi Finance Commission.
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