The Prime Minister’s Office is pressuring Delhi government officers to stall projects initiated by the Aam Aadmi Party dispensation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

At a press conference, Mr. Sisodia claimed that the officers had been given clear instructions from the PMO and the Centre to stall decisions taken by the AAP government. This, he said, was in defiance of the Supreme Court verdict on July 4 that said that the elected government of Delhi was empowered to take decisions on all but three subjects: land, police and public order.

Mr. Sisodia said the Centre, through the Lieutenant-Governor, still continued to claim that “services” was under its control.

‘Refusing to comply’

“The officers are refusing to comply with decisions of the Cabinet. For example, the Transport Secretary has refused to go to the Supreme Court to appeal against a stay by the High Court in a case concerning purchase of 2,000 standard-floor buses,” said Mr. Sisodia.

He added that there was a shortage of buses in Delhi, but the officer was stalling the process of procuring more buses.

Another example, he said, was that the Food and Civil Supplies Commissioner had refused to implement the Cabinet’s decision to start home delivery of ration.

For both the officers, Transport Secretary-cum-Commissioner Varsha Joshi and Food and Civil Supplies Commissioner Mohanjeet Singh, Mr. Sisodia said the elected government would have taken action, including removing them from their posts, had they been allowed to control services.

Mr. Sisodia said these were examples of “insubordination” by the officers.

While Mr. Singh did not respond to request for comment, Ms. Joshi, who was on leave to attend to a personal matter, said: “There appears to be some misinterpretation or misapprehension. I will attempt to resolve the same upon return from leave”.

Listing out other examples, Mr. Sisodia said the managing director of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) had refused to carry out infrastructure works in unauthorised colonies; the Administrative Reforms (AR) Department Secretary had refused to issue a notification appointing a chairperson and member of the Public Grievance Commission as directed by AR Minister Kailash Gahlot; and the Law Secretary had refused to act on the direction to restore the panel of lawyers cancelled by the L-G.

Mr. Sisodia added that officers had refused to pay the bills of advocates that had represented the government in the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Raj Niwas did not respond to request for comment on the allegation that the L-G was pressuring officers.

The officers are refusing to comply with decisions of the Cabinet… the Transport Secretary has refused to go to the Supreme Court to appeal against a stay by the High Court in a case concerning purchase of 2,000 standard-floor buses

Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister

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