New Delhi: The Centre has suspended two senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and sent showcause notices to two others for “serious lapses” in duty during the ongoing lockdown. Also Read - What Even! Harvard Study Advices Couples to Wear Face Mask During Sex To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

“These officers have failed to ensure public health and safety during the lockdown restrictions to combat COVID-19. Due to the serious lapse in performance of their duties, the competent authority has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the officers,” a Home Ministry spokesperson stated. Also Read - ICC Should Wait For a Suitable Time For Organising T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

While Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) and Principal Secretary (Finance), who also holds the post of Divisional Commissioner have been suspended, Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Land Buildings) and SDM (Seelampur)  have been served with showcause notices and asked to respond. Also Read - Unlock 1: Over 9,800 Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours; Religious Institutions Prepare For Staggered Opening

“It has been brought to the notice of the competent authority that the officers, who were responsible to ensure strict compliance to the instructions issued by Chairperson, National Executive Committee, formed under Disaster Management Act 2005 regarding containment of spread of COVID-19, have prima facie failed to do so,” the MHA’s spokesperson added.

The centre’s action against the officials came a day after thousands of migrant workers gathered at a Delhi bus station to return to their hometown.