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Delhi govt threatens inquiry against ACB chief MK Meena

In a memorandum issued to Meena, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked him to submit his reply within 10 days on the allegations against him.
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His naming for the post a bone of contention, LG-appointed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena has been threatened with an inquiry by Delhi government over allegations of negligence in performing his duty and “intimidating” his juniors.In a memorandum issued to Meena, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked him to submit his reply within 10 days on the allegations against him.”Mukesh Kumar Meena is directed to submit within 10 days of the receipt of this memorandum, a written statement in his defence and also to state whether he desires to be heard in person. (He) is informed that an inquiry will be held only in respect of those articles of charge as are not admitted. He should, therefore, specifically admit or deny each article of charge,” Kejriwal said in his memorandum to Meena.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the allegations against the ACB chief is that he deployed paramilitary forces on the ACB premises purportedly to intimidate his subordinates. There is also an allegation that Meena tried to take away the FIR book from the police station of ACB and did “illegal acts with malafide intention” of screening “corrupt officials” and saving them from legal proceedings by interfering with the process of law.The ACB chief could not be reached for comment over this matter.”The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi proposes to take action against Meena (IPS AGMUT:1989), Joint Commissioner of Police (ACB) under rule of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969,” the memo said.Meena is also alleged to have made a “false” statement that the Anti-Corruption Helpline number 1031 launched by GNCTD had been “scrapped” as it was not receiving complaints.

Let us fight dengue for now, political rivalry later: Delhi CM Kejriwal tells Centre

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday requested the Narendra Modi government to fight the dengue menace together instead of indulging in political rivalry.

“My request to the central government — can’t we fight on these issues after two months? Let us fight dengue for now,” the chief minister tweeted.

Arvind Kejriwal. PTIArvind Kejriwal. PTI

Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

His comments came after Delhi Lt Governor Najib Jung sent memorandum to government officials, asking them not to follow the Delhi government’s orders. It declared the government’s orders as “illegal and void”.

Kejriwal said: “Received “Memorandum” from LG (Najeeb Jung), in which he says that he has issued instructions from central government.”

A memorandum from Jung’s office dated September 17 was sent to all officers placed with the Delhi government, including officers of the All India Services, head of departments and others.

According to the memorandum: “The government of India has taken note of the current constitutional position in Delhi and major instances of violation of the constitution, law and rules.”

It said the change in pay structure of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers according to the government of India was “illegal and ab initio void”.

The memorandum also added that if any officer complied with the “illegal” orders, disciplinary action and recovery of financial loss caused to the government would follow.

“The orders declared illegal by the government of India should not be complied with. Should any officer choose to do so, both disciplinary action for compliance of illegal orders, and recovery of financial loss caused to the government as a result of such action, would follow,” it said.


Mr Dabangg Collector: IAS officer gets warning for wearing glares while meeting Modi

Raipur: In a bizarre move, a Chhattisgarh IAS officer Amit Kataria, who wore a blue shirt and sunglasses while receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, has got a stern warning from the state government for the supposed violation of dress code and protocol.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IAS officer Kataria.

Interestingly, according to local media reports, the IAS officer was greeted by Modi with “Mr Dabangg Collector, how are you?”

In a warning letter issued to Kataria, a 2004 batch IAS officer who is Collector of Jagdalpur, the state government said while receiving the Prime Minister on 9 May  “it has come to notice that you were not wearing proper dress and had also put on sunglasses”.

The letter said that it was in violation of section 3(i) of All India Services (Conduct) Rules which asks every member of the Services shall at all times maintain absolute integrity and devotion to duty and shall do nothing which is unbecoming of a member of the service.

The letter, however, does not mention how wearing glares or a blue shirt makes it unbecoming of an officer.

The officer was expected to be dressed in ‘Bandhgala’ while receiving the Prime Minister as he was representing the state government in the district. The state government “warns you” that in future there should be no violation of laid down norms and protocol, the letter said.

While the order has received its fair share of criticism, the Chief Minister defended his government’s move pointing out that no action has been taken against him and another officer, who too has been issued notice for not following the dress code.

“The notice has been given as a warning that they must maintain protocol for the PM,” Singh said, adding, “All officers must maintain absolute integrity and do nothing unbecoming of a member of the service,” NDTV quoted him as saying.

While it is unclear if the Prime Minister’s Office could have been behind the ‘warning’, this is not the first time that such action was taken.

Last year, reports suggested that the Prime Minister’s Office had called up a certain Union minister who was on his way to the international airport to board a flight to Kenya. The minister, who was dressed casually in jeans and a t-shirt, was reportedly asked by the PMO to return to his residence and change into acceptable Indian attire. “Are you aware that you are a central minister?”

With PTI inputs

Services sector in India sees moderate expansion in December: HSBC survey

Services sector activity in India expanded in December, but at a slower pace as firms received lesser number of new orders as compared to the previous month, a monthly HSBC survey said today. In November, the sector had recorded fastest pace of expansion in five months.The HSBC India Services Business Activity Index, which tracks changes in activity at Indian services companies on a month-by-month basis, stood at 51.1 in December — down from 52.6 in the previous month, indicating a moderate expansion in business activity in December. A score above 50 indicates that the sector is expanding, while a figure below that level means contraction.”Both activity and new orders in India’s services sector expanded in December, though at lower rates compared with November,” HSBC Chief India Economist Pranjul Bhandari said. Within the services sector activity, all but the financial intermediation sub-sector saw an expansion in order books. “In our view, growth in financial intermediation is key for funding a meaningful pick-up in economic growth,” Bhandari added.Meanwhile, staffing levels in the Indian service sector increased in December, reversing the trend recorded in the previous month. Business confidence strengthened in December, despite slowdowns in growth of activity and new orders. The degree of positive sentiment among Indian service providers was robust overall, HSBC said.Meanwhile, the headline HSBC Composite Output Index — that maps manufacturing as well as services sectors output — stood at 52.9 in December, down from 53.6 in November.Private sector activity in India witnessed the 8th consecutive month of growth and was mainly driven by manufacturing output, which rose at the quickest pace in two years in December.On price rise, Bhandari said that “inflationary pressures from both input and output prices remained modest”.RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, during the last monetary policy review in December 2014, kept interest rate unchanged, saying that a shift in stance is ‘premature’ but hinted that a cut may come in early 2015 if inflation continues to ease and government acts on the fiscal side. Accordingly, the repo rate continues to be at 8% while the cash reserve ratio has also been retained at 4%.