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LG transfers top Delhi govt bureaucrats; CM fumes

New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) Several top bureaucrats overseeing implementation of a number of ambitious projects of AAP government were today transferred by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, prompting angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was behind the reshuffle.

Jung went ahead with the transfers notwithstanding requests by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia not to transfer bureaucrats handling flagship programmes including Health Secretary Tarun Seem, handling setting up of Mohalla Clinics, and PWD Secretary Sarvagya Srivastava, overseeing construction of school buildings.

It was the first major bureaucratic reshuffle in Delhi administration by Jung after the Delhi High Court judgment earlier this month ruling LG is is the administrative head of the national capital.

Environment Secretary Chandrakar Bharti has been transfered as Secretary Health while Social Welfare Secretary Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as new PWD Secretary in place of nonIAS cadre officer Srivastava.

"Today, several officers transferred by LG directly. Files not even shown to CM or any minister. Is this Modi model of democracy?... Manish Sisodia requested LG not to transfer these two officers looking after works of setting mohalla clinics and new schools till March 31, but he (LG) did not relent," Kejriwal tweeted.

The Chief Minister alleged that the Prime Minister was "hell bent" to "destroy" Delhi.

Addressing a press conference, Sisodia also targeted Modi for the transfers and said he will be responsible if quality of health services and education deteriorates.

"We have got to know that Modiji has asked LG on phone to transfer these two offices. Modi can go to any extent. If education and health quality deteriorates, Modiji will be responsible for this," he alleged.

In another order, Jung has given specific directions for transfer and postings of officers of IAS, DANICS and DASS cadres, principal private secretaries, while suspending all previous orders of the AAP government.

In the order, Jung said the LG will be the approving authority for transfer and postings of IAS, DANICS, All India Service Officers, equivalent officers of central civil services. The Chief Secretary will be the approving authority for transfer and postings of DASS Grade I/II, private secretaries and senior personal assistants.

Jung has also ordered withdrawal of Delhi government's suspension order of the chief minister's former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.

Flood death toll rises to 165, 37.53 L people affected

Patna, Aug 30 (PTI) With six more deaths, the toll in Bihar floods today rose to 165, even as the swollen Ganga, whose water level started showing a receding trend, has affected 37.53 lakh people in 12 districts of the state.

The six deaths have been reported from Bhojpur district, a statement by the Disaster Management Department said.

The flood has been caused mainly by a spate in river Ganga apart from Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and other rivers which have affected 37.53 lakh people in 2,029 villages under 576 panchayats of 74 blocks of 12 districts in the state, it said.

Ganga, though showing a receding trend, is still flowing above the danger mark at seven places Digha Ghat, Gandhi Ghat, Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district and in Munger as well as in Buxar districts.

The receding trend was witnessed at Gandhi Ghat and Digha Ghat, thus reducing the threat of flood waters entering the Patna town.

A total of 7.15 lakh people have been evacuated so far from the 12 floodaffected districts of Buxar, Bhojpur, Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Begusarai, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar, the statement said.

The government is plying 2,818 boats for evacuation and national and state disaster response forces have already been deployed in the affected districts.

A total of 644 relief camps are being run in the floodhit areas in which 3.92 lakh people have taken shelter. They are being provided medical services by 507 teams.

A total of 185 camps are being operated for cattle while the number of animal deaths has reached to 59 in the floods.

The concerned authorities are making an estimate of the total affected areas due to floods and areas under cultivation. Also, the assessment for crop damage was being made by the authorities, the statement said.

Arrangements have been made for providing food and other items and the government has so far distributed 8885 quintals of flattened rice, 1675 quintals of jaggery, 164 quintals of sattu, 163155 matchsticks packets, 113666 packets of candles, 80511 polythene sheets and 2,96,169 dry food packets, it said.

LG forms panel to examine 400 files of AAP govt

New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today constituted a threemember panel to examine around 400 files containing "infirmities and irregularities" in taking decisions by the AAP government.

The appointment of the panel comprising former CAG V K Shunglu, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and exChief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar, has come after the Delhi High Court ruled that the Lt Governor is the administrative head of the city government.

The panel has been asked to submit its final report within six weeks of its first meeting.

Various departments of the city government have submitted the files to Jung following a directive from him in the wake of the high court order. The Lt Governor has been having a longrunning battle with the AAP government on a host of jurisdictional issues.

The committee has been tasked to look into "omissions and commissions" in the decisionmaking process and also to fix responsibility of individuals, including civil and criminal liability, if any, the LG's office said.

After the high court judgment, the principal secretaries and heads of department of the city government were directed by the LG to review instances where his prior approval was required as per rules, but was not obtained.

In response, around 400 files have been received by the LG's Secretariat for expost facto approval of Jung and some more files are awaited.

"On preliminary scrutiny of these files, it is found that over the last oneandahalf years several decisions taken are in violation of Acts/Rules with attendant legal and financial implications. It has become necessary to examine them in depth and suggest forward action. Therefore, the Committee has been constituted," the LG's office said in a statement.

It said the panel will determine whether the decisions taken in these files and the processes adopted were in violation of the Acts/Rules and the constitutional scheme for governance of GNCT of Delhi.

It will also examine whether such violations were wrong, illegal and "deliberate acts of omissions/commissions".

The panel will examine the role played by the public functionaries/officers of the Delhi Government and of any other individual related with these violations and fix responsibility, said the LG's office.

It has been also asked to recommend "appropriate administrative/criminal/civil action as well as action for recovery of financial loss to the government exchequer, if any, by such wrong decisions against the public functionaries/officers/individuals concerned".

The committee will recommend course of action to be taken on each of the files/proposals including whether the decisions can or cannot be regularised by the Lt Governor, said Jung's office.

It has been requested to submit its interim reports and recommendations to the Lt Governor from time to time and to submit the final report within six weeks of the first meeting.

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