CM Kejriwal removes Services secretary in ‘big’ reshuffle post SC verdict

  • The move comes after Supreme Court of India gave the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government control over the transfer and posting of officers in the state.

Updated11 May 2023, 08:29 PM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(PTI)

The Delhi government on Thursday removed Secretary of the Delhi government's Services department Ashish More. The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, earlier, in a press conference had warned of action against officers who "obstructed" public works.

The move comes after Supreme Court of India gave the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government control over the transfer and posting of officers in the state. 

The apex court pronounced that the Delhi government has legislative and executive powers over administration of services except for matters relating to public order, police and land.

"After today's verdict, we have got an opportunity to carry out major works in Delhi," says CM Arvind Kejriwal said during the press conference. 

Prior to the verdict of the court, the Services department was under the control of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor.

CM Kejriwal also earlier said that the speed of work in the national capital will increase manifold. He further announced that the officers who "obstructed" the work of the people will soon "face the music".

According to Hindustan Times, the CM promised a responsible, lean, thin, compassionate, accountable, and sympathetic administration.

"My hands were tied and I was thrown in the water to swim. But we managed to stay afloat. Despite all obstacles, we did good work in Delhi," he said.

"The work will happen at 10 times speed it was happening earlier. Delhi will now present a model of able governance to the entire country," he said.

Kejriwal said many officers felt suffocated and added they will now get the opportunity to work. “The deadwood and corrupt officers would be shunted, and those who are good, efficient and honest, and compassionate will get the opportunity to serve. All administrative systems will be improved to make them responsive to the people.” Hindustan Times quoted the CM. 

Here are the ‘big promises’ CM Kejriwal made 

-CM Kejriwal said officers who ‘obstructed’ the work of the people will soon ‘face the music’

-Kejriwal said that the Delhi government now has the vigilance department under its command and it will hold officers involved in wrongdoings accountable.

-The Delhi CM also mentioned that the government would do away with ‘redundant posts’. “Officers occupying such posts only create obstacles in the work of the people. Such posts will be identified and left vacant or abolished. 

-The AAP convenor also said that more posts will be created in departments where they are required like in [health] for mohalla clinics.

-Kejriwal said transfers will be made on the basis of the work the officers have done.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has blamed top officials including chief secretary Naresh Kumar, and principal secretary (finance) Ashish Chandra Verma for obstructing its work.

A Delhi assembly panel in January asked the President and Union home ministry to take action against the chief secretary for “creating an atmosphere of fear” in the Delhi government and “actively preventing officers from performing their duties.”

On being asked about the Anti-Corruption Branch, he said, "The ACB is not with us but vigilance will now be with us. Disciplinary proceedings can be initiated against officers who do not work properly."

Further the Delhi L-G office issued a clarification which said, “There is news circulating in certain sections of the media that the LG did not agree to/approve the proposals for transfer/posting of officials, made by the Chief Minister. It is clarified that no such request for transfer/posting of any official was ever received from the Chief Minister or from his ministers. Any assertion made in this regard is totally false and fabricated”. 

Asserting that an elected government needs to have control over the administration, a five-judge constitution bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said the Union Territory of Delhi has "sui generis (unique) character" and refused to agree with the 2019 judgement of Justice Ashok Bhushan that the Delhi government has no power over the issue of services.


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First Published:11 May 2023, 08:29 PM IST
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