New Delhi, June 17: Dismissing the allegations levelled against them by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which claimed they were not working, the IAS association on Sunday said that the charges were baseless as they were not on strike. Addressing a press conference, IAS Association secretary, Manisha Saxena stated,”We are only accountable to the law. We are completely apolitical and neutral. We have never been required to come out and clarify our stand.”
“We are attending meetings, all departments are doing their works. We are sometimes also working on holidays,” Saxena, clarified ahead of Kejriwal’s scheduled protest march to Prime Minister’s residence.
Another IAS officer, Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi claimed that they are being used for completely political reasons. “I have been targeted by social media handles of a certain political party in an unfair manner. The way we have been forced to do certain jobs is not righ… We are feeling frightened and victimised, we are being used for political ends, we are here only for work… All files are being moved… Work not being hampered… Shocked and scared after chief secretary’s assault,”Joshi said.
Hitting out at Delhi govt over the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the group of IAS officers said, “We are scared and shocked if such a thing can happen to the top bureaucrat then it can happen to any of us and we are scared. We observe a silent protest of 5 minutes every day during lunch hour.”
The bureaucrats also stated that they will continue to protest against Kejriwal govt for 5 minutes every day.
Their press conference came amid Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai ongoing protest at Baijal’s office. The Delhi CM has claimed that the IAS officers working for Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) were ‘only working on important files’ and ‘not responding to Ministers’ calls and messages, and not attending meetings’. Therefore, Kejriwal had asked Baijal to direct the IAS officers to end their strike and take action against officers who have allegedly struck work for four months.
Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka also arrived at Lieutenant Governor Baijal’s office on Saturday to meet and extend support to the Delhi Chief Minister on the issue.