NEW DELHI: At loggerheads with Raj Niwas, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government is presently facing an acute shortage of bureaucrats, with the Chief Minister's Office especially functioning without a Principal Secretary for a long time now.
To add to the government's woes, Prashant Kumar Panda, special secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has been transferred to Puducherry, following an order of the Union Home Ministry.
Panda and Pravesh Ranjan Jha had been appointed as special secretaries, as per orders of Raj Niwas.
The Services Department of Delhi government had on Tuesday issued an order relieving Panday, a 2007-batch IAS officer, with effect from March 19, after getting an approval from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Last month, the Home Ministry had issued an order transferring nine IAS officers of Delhi government, including Panda.
Other IAS officers transferred include JP Agarwal, CEO-cum-Special Secretary in Disaster Management to Mizoram, and HPS Saran, Chief Vigilance Officer of Delhi Jal Board to Puducherry.
Panda's relieving order came a day after VK Jain, Advisor to the Chief Minister, resigned citing personal reasons.
Jain had been questioned by Delhi Police over the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, which took place inside the Chief Minister's residence in February.
"The Lieutenant Governor is pleased to relieve (nine) IAS officers (including Panda) from Government of NCT with effect from March 19, 2018, to enable them to join their new assignments in pursuance of Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs order..Dated 12.02.2018," an official order of the Services Department stated.
Around 70 IAS and 450 Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers working with the Delhi government.