If civil servants work with honesty, integrity nobody can touch them: LG

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If civil servants work with honesty, integrity nobody can touch them: LG

Saturday, 27 May 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Amid the ongoing tussle with the elected government, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena, who completed a year in office on Friday, listed the works done by the administration under him and claimed the national capital has not seen so much done in the last decade.

Addressing the IAS officers of the AGMUT cadre attending a workshop on capacity building of civil servants for effective service delivery,  Saxena asked the civil servants to commit themselves to transparency and work hard without bowing to pressures.  He said if the civil servants work with honesty and integrity, then nobody can touch them.  

A row has erupted between the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and the BJP-ruled Centre after the latter promulgated an ordinance effectively bringing the control of the state bureaucracy into the hands of its representative the L-G. The ordinance came a week after the Supreme Court handed over the control of services in Delhi excluding police, public order and land to the elected government. “To give corruption-free administration to the society, the responsibility lies on your shoulders.

This expectation is not only of mine but the entire society also has the same expectation,” Saxena said and mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement “Na Khaunga, naKhaneydoonga”, in context of people-friendly and corruption-free governance. “The statement of PM Modi is not just a quote or `jumla’ but it is a matter of fact assertion, demanding clean and transparent governance,” the LG emphasized. He expressed hope that the Civil Servants will work keeping in mind the vision of the Prime Minister and contribute for the development of the country. Citing various works supervised by him in Delhi, Saxena said, "We have delivered so much in the last one year with your cooperation that could not have been done perhaps even in 10 years."

The L-G said that cleaning of the river was monitored by the Supreme Court for 28 years and then by the National Green Tribunal for eight years but the result was "zero".

After the January 8 order by NGT that led to the setting up of a high-level committee headed by the L-G for Yamuna cleaning, there has been a marked difference in the work done by the same officers who were engaged in the project earlier also, Saxena said.

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