Unhappy officials can join central government: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said those Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officials who have issues working with his government can join the central government.

“No hooliganism by bureaucrats will be tolerated in Delhi. The IAS officers played politics, we will not tolerate this… If you indulge in corruption, then you’ll go to jail. If you don’t agree to the cabinet decisions, then you’ll be suspended. All those IAS officers who have problem with our government should leave Delhi,” Kejriwal said during an interview with CNN IBN.

“IAS officers have never gone on strike in the country’s history. They have gone on strike for the first time. Those who have a problem with us should give us a list of their names. I’ll write to the home minister to send them out of Delhi or they should join the central government,” he added.

Subhash Chandra, special secretary (prisons), and Yashpal Garg, special secretary (prosecution), were suspended by the city government for allegedly refusing to sign on two cabinet notes related to hiking salaries of public prosecutors and prison staff.

Following the order, the officers belonging to the DANICS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service) cadre – to which Chandra and Garg belong – decided to go on a strike.

The central government, however, declared the suspensions as invalid.

The Delhi government earlier suspended three officers after they failed to provide relief material at the slums which were destroyed.

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