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LG's statement 'masking' reality of delayed files: govt

NEW DELHI: Slamming the statement by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's office, the Delhi government on Thursday noted that the LG has tried to mask the reality of the files delayed by his office.
"The LG has chosen not to mention that a large majority of the files received in his office belong to transferred subjects, like Police, Delhi Development Authority and Services. In fact, 50 per cent of all files received in the office of the LG are parole files.
"Therefore, by giving a three per cent number, the office of the LG is trying to mask the reality of the files delayed by his office," a statement by the Delhi government said.
The government noted, "The LG has asked for the file to be re-examined by the Law Department. As per due process, the file is supposed to be examined by the Law Department before the proposal is put up in the Cabinet.
"This process had already been followed. The Office of the LG may like to tell us where is the procedural irregularity or lack of due diligence pointed out by him in this proposal?"
The government further questioned, "The LG asked for consultations with the Ministry of Defence regarding grant of Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to Armed Personnel who died in duty. The Office of the LG may like to state where was the procedural irregularity or upholding of constitutional processes in his observations? Referring to the central government seems merely like a delaying tactic."
The government also said that the claim by the LG's Office that files are returned due to lack of due diligence or for upholding constitutional processes are completely false.
It said that files are repeatedly returned on newer and newer trivial grounds.
Citing an example, the goverment said that the file on Higher Education Loan was returned once for examination by the Law Department and then again for consultation with central government departments.
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