Live streaming of Govt meetings soon

| | New Delhi

Taking lessons from the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at the Chief Minister’s residence few days ago, the Delhi Government is mulling live streaming of all official meetings. Addressing the media, a senior Government official said, “As per a plan, live feed of meetings with audio output will be available on website.” If plan is passed, funds will be allocated for it in the upcoming Budget, the official added.

With the idea of live streaming of official meetings, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) is taking precautionary steps and trying to bring transparency. “Through live streaming of official meetings, people will be able to know who spoke what in the meeting, be it the elected representative or officials,” the official said further.

There is also a plan to put all file movement and noting online, he said. “Plan is also to put all file movement and file notings online for people to see who was working on a file for how long, who cleared it and who wrote what on a particular file, be it the elected Government representatives or officers,” the official said.

In the past, the AAP Government had alleged that some officers created hurdles in the works of city administrations.

Since the alleged attack on the Chief Secretary, officers have not been attending meetings of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues, demanding apology from the Chief Minister for the incident.

Meanwhile, the alleged attack on the Chief Secretary by AAP legislators further intensified on Monday with Government employees demanding action “as per law” against Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.

Government officers, including those from IAS and DANICS, said they will continue to communicate with Ministers only in writing until Kejriwal and Sisodia give a public apology over the alleged incident at the Chief Minister's residence on the intervening night of February 19 and 20.

In such a situation, communication between the political and permanent executive can only continue through formal written means and no talks are possible, they said.

“Therefore, the Joint Forum resolves that all Delhi Government employees will continue to work through formal written means of communication,” the resolution adopted by the joint forum of the Delhi Government employees said.

Reacting to officers' resolution, the Delhi Government said attitude of its officials was not “correct” and they should show a positive response to its “efforts” in ending the crisis arising out of the alleged assault.

In a related development, the Joint Forum of Delhi Government Employees also rejected mediation by Delhi Minister Rajender Pal Gautam, the “peacemaker” appointed by the AAP Government, who said the attitude of officers “is not correct” and “they should show a positive response to Government efforts to end the current crisis”.

With no end to the stalemate in sight, Gautam, who is the Social Welfare Minister, said that trust building is not the work of political executive only. “The Government is taking an initiative to end this problem and now the (agitating) officers should come forward in a bid to build trust and have a dialogue so that governance does not affect,” he told reporters.

He also said, “All of us need to understand that it would not work like this and hence, they (officers) should show a positive response to Government's efforts to end the current crisis.”

“The Government has been rejecting wrong things, I think such attitude (of officials) is not correct,” Gautam said. Asserting that public work should not be affected, he said, “If there is some issue in our house, we try to resolve it through discussion. We all are like a family. We should work together. Trust building is not the work of political executive only, it should be from both sides.”



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