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AAP govt suspends two Home Department officers

New Delhi :Two senior civil service officers of the Home Department have been suspended by the AAP government for refusing to sign on a Cabinet decision file, following which around 200 DANICS-cadre officers have threatened to go on mass leave tomorrow in solidarity.

Yashpal Garg, special secretary (Prosecution), and Subhash Chandra, special secretary (Prisons), have been suspended, a Delhi government spokesperson said today.

The action, threatening to blow into another AAP-Centre confrontation, was taken after Garg and Chandra refused to sign a file pertaining to the Cabinet decision to increase salary of public prosecutors, the spokesperson said.

Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) are selected through civil servic exams conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Officers of the service are recruited directly through the Civil Services Examination and are responsible for the diverse administrative functions of the National Capital, Delhi and the Union Territories.

Supporting the DANICS Officers’s Association’s move to go on mass leave, IAS Officers have also threatened to go on a half-day leave tomorrow.

There are around 70 IAS officers working in different departments of the national capital.

“IAS officers will also go on a half-day leave tomorrow supporting the DANICS officers Association. There was a joint meeting of IAS and DANICS officers today wherein a resolution was passed against the suspension of two DANICS officers working the Home Department,” said an IAS officer who works with the Delhi government.

The Kejriwal government’s decision may lead to fresh tussle with the Centre as only the Delhi Lt Governor can suspend DANICS-cadre officers with permission from the Union Home Ministry.

If DANICS-cadre officers in Delhi go on mass leave tomorrow, preparations for the odd-even scheme, which will come into force on January 1, may be affected as most of these officers are looking after the projects pertaining to the road-rationing plan.

The DANICS Officers’ Association comprise around 200 members who hold crucial posts including that of SDM, secretary to minister and special secretary.