Assembly turns down Centre’s notification giving LG upper hand
The Delhi assembly on Wednesday took on the Centre adopting a resolution against its order which gave Lt Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in the postings and transfers of bureaucrats in the Capital.
Passed by voice vote on the last day of the two-day special session of the Assembly, called by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)<g data-gr-id="28">-led</g> Delhi government, the resolution termed the May 21 notification issued by the Union Home Ministry as “illegal”. It asked the senior officials to ignore the central notification and obey the decisions of the council of ministers in Delhi and work without fear.
According sources, the move could entail contempt of the House for the officers if they refused to carry out the orders of the state government. The May 21 notification had backed Lt. Governor Jung in his tussle with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the appointment of senior officials.
On the controversial issue of ‘Services’ the resolution states, “While not conceding that the ‘Services’ as entry is with the Central government, still the ‘Services’ includes only the conditions of service, and with no stretch of argument includes work allotment to the officers and employees of the government.” The House also recommended the government introduce a legislation for creation of a NCT Public Service. The resolution also demanded that the President be requested to intervene in the matter and it be sent to the Apex Court.