New Delhi, Dec 31: The suspension of two senior officers of Home Department has backfired the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government as the 200 Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service-cadre officers have threatened to go on mass leave to mark protest. The possible mass leave by bureaucrats may affect the government’s plans to roll out the odd-even car formula from 1 January. Also Read - Delhi: Final Phase Trial of Contactless Ticketing System to Begin in 3,000 Cluster Buses Through 'Chartr' From Monday | All You Need to Know
The Delhi government suspended Yashpal Garg, special secretary (Prosecution), and Subhash Chandra, special secretary (Prisons) after the officers refused to sign on a Cabinet decision files related to the hike in Public Prosecutor’s salary. The duo refused to sign the files maintaining that it needs approval of the Lieutenant-Governor, following which they were suspended. (ALSO READ: Delhi government to conduct coordination trial run of ‘Odd-Even’ formula for two hours) Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Blames BJP For Red Fort Violence, Says Farmers Can Be Anything But Anti-Nationals
After AAP government’s revolt, the DANICS Officers’s Association threatened to go on mass leave. Other IAS officers, who work in different departments, also hinted that they would go on a half-day leave on 1 January in solidarity with the DANICS. If the agitating officers go on mass leave, it would affect the planning of Delhi government to implement the odd-even formula. Also Read - Delhi Woman Carrying Baby Stabbed to Death While Resisting Snatching, Video Caught on CCTV
Besides that, the suspension will invoke fresh tension between AAP and Centre as only the Lieutenant Governor can suspend DANICS-cadre officer with the permission of Home Ministry.