New Delhi, June 17: Hours after IAS officers claimed that they feel threatened under Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday assured the bureaucrats of their safety and security, urging them to return to work. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Kejriwal said,”I wish to assure them that I will ensure their safety and security with all my powers and resources available at my command. I have given similar assurances earlier also to many officers who have been meeting me privately. I reiterate it today.”
Earlier in the day, the IAS Officers’ Association had told reporters that they feared for their safety under this government and had alleged that despite cases of assault on civil servants, there has been no assurance from the Chief Minister.
Addressing a press conference, IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena said, “We all had various experiences of assault. We will not attend a meeting if we are not feeling safe. We have gone out of the way to ensure that public do not suffer, their work does not suffer, but we will not work at the cost of our life. We don’t go to places where we don’t feel safe. We need a culture of trust to work.”
Another IAS officer, Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi had 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 had said.
(With agency inputs)