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IAS officers' 'strike' row: Kejriwal writes to PM Modi; seeks his intervention

6/14/2018

New Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who is sitting on dharna in Rajnivas for the past four days, on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to resolve the political dispute with Lt Governor Anil Baijal. Mr Kejriwal has written a letter to Mr Modi asking him to intervene, in order to end the bureaucrats' 'strike' in Delhi. Mr Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and two ministers in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government -- Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain -- continued their sit-in protest for the fourth day on Thursday over their demand to end the IAS Officers' 'strike' and approval of the doorstep delivery of ration. In the letter, the Chief Minister has requested Mr Modi that the IAS officers working under the Delhi Government are directly under the control of the Central Government and the LG, so the PM should intervene to end the IAS officers' 'strike'. In the letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Kejriwal has mentioned the strike of Delhi bureaucrats for the past three months and said the IAS officers have stopped participating in all the meetings of ministers. 'Due to the strike of the IAS officers, many work in Delhi is being affected. Delhi's IAS officers come under the direct supervision of the LG and the Central Government. From the transfer and suspension of the officers, everything is in the hands of the Centre and the LG and Delhi Government can not do anything in this case. Due to lack of control over the officers, Delhi Government is unable to do anything to end the strike,' the letter said. Mr Kejriwal has written that this is the first time in the history of the country when the bureaucracy is on strike and for more than three months. 'What happened that the bureaucracy is on such a long strike,' he said. He wrote that if these bureaucrats were under the government of Delhi, the strike would have end within 24 hours. 'Despite repeated requests from the Lt Governor, the strike is not being over. Now the people of Delhi have started saying that the strike is being done with the collusion of the Centre and the LG,' the letter said. Due to the strike of bureaucrats, there is no work to clean the drains before the rain, due to no preparation meeting before the dengue and Chikungunya season, the work of painting in schools did not start in the summer holidays, the construction of the Mohalla and Poly clinics,the closure of the Signature Bridge built on Wazirabad, the final payment is not to be paid off, the work of development in unauthorized colonies, pollution problem in Delhi like difficulties has been referred in the letter. Mr Kejriwal said that the Lt Governor is not ending the strike and the development and other activities of the people of Delhi have been stalled. 'The Delhi government and the people of Delhi requests the Prime Minister to intervene and to end the strike of the bureaucrats so that the people of Delhi can get relief,' Mr Kejriwal said in the letter.

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