Let’s fight dengue first, Kejriwal urges PM Modi
“My request to the central government is: Can’t we fight on these issues after two months? Let us fight dengue for now,” Kejriwal said, commenting on the Lt. Governor’s latest memorandum to the officers, an adding that he has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi making the request.
The chief minister said that he has received “a memorandum from LG (Najeeb Jung), saying that he has issued instructions (received) from the central government”.
In his letter addressed to the prime minister, Kejriwal said, “All the ministers and the employees of the government are working round the clock in fighting dengue...”
“...I request you with folded hands not to spread confusion amongst Delhi government employees by
asking them not to follow elected government’s order. Allow them to work together as a team,” Kejriwal wrote in his letter.
Kejriwal’s comments came a day after Lt. Governor Jung sent a memorandum to all officers posted with the Delhi government, including officers of All India Services, heads of departments, and others.
“The government of India has taken note of the current constitutional position in Delhi and major instances of violation of the constitution, law and rules,” the memorandum said.
It said that change in the pay structure of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service officers according to the government of India was “illegal and ab initio void”.
The memorandum also added that if any officer complied with the “illegal” orders, disciplinary action and recovery of financial loss caused to the government would follow.
“The orders declared illegal by the government of India should not be complied with. Should any officer choose to do so, both disciplinary action for compliance of illegal orders, and recovery of financial loss caused to the government as a result of such action, would follow,” it said.
Kejriwal’s move to <g data-gr-id="34">write</g> to the Prime Minister drew sharp reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said Kejriwal should shed the path of confrontation on administrative matters and work for the development of the city.