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Kejriwal reiterates PM's intervention to end bureaucrats' 'strike'


New Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the ongoing issue of IAS officers' 'strike', and hoped the stir would end before June 17. Mr Kejriwal's letter comes just days ahead of NITI Aayog's meeting which is scheduled to be held on June 17. In a fresh letter to Mr Modi, Mr Kejriwal said, 'Since IAS officers' are in your (PM) direct control, on Thursday I wrote a letter urging you to end IAS officers' 'strike' but no response has been received from your end. You (PM) have called a meeting of NITI Aayog on June 17. As the Chief Minister, I have also received an invitation for the meeting.' 'The issues which are to be discussed in the NITI Aayog meeting have to be followed by these IAS officers' only. In the meeting the health insurance is to discussed and we have already made a plan to implement it in Delhi but the work has been completely stalled due to IAS officers' strike,' he said. 'I urge you on the behalf of people of Delhi to end the strike soon as it is an important issue for Delhiites,' Mr Kejriwal said. The CM demanded immediate intervention of PM and hoped that the strike will end before June 17. 'I hope with your intervention the 'strike' will end before June 17 so that I can attend the meeting of NITI Aayog,' he added. On Thursday also the Chief Minister wrote a letter to Mr Modi and requested him that since the IAS officers working under the Delhi Government are directly under the control of the Central Government and the LG, the PM should intervene to end the IAS officers' 'strike'. In the letter to the PM, Mr Kejriwal had 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. The Delhi Chief Minister along with Mr Sisodia and two ministers in the AAP Government -- Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain -- continued their sit-in protest for the fifth day on Friday over their demand to end the IAS officers' 'strike' and approval of the scheme for doorstep delivery of ration. The Delhi CM and the ministers are staging the sit-in protest at Raj Niwas since Monday evening and have said that they will camp in the waiting room in the LG House till their demands are met. The AAP ministers on Monday demanded that Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal direct the IAS officers who are on 'strike' in Delhi for past four months to return to work. They have also demanded that the LG punish those officers who struck work for past four months. The Chief Minister and the AAP ministers also demanded that the LG approve Delhi government's doorstep delivery of ration scheme.

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