Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, won the Assembly election with a thumping majority because all the downtrodden and SC/ST voters, including government servants, favoured him. They believed he would look after their interests. But they are sorely disappointed. Senior SC/ST officers are particularly so. When three officers, SS Yadav, SCL Das and Arun Baroka, were transferred on March 31, 2015, sources say Rajinder Kumar, Secretary to the CM, was instrumental in adjusting the first two but Baroka (a Dalit) was left out. The stories of Dharam Pal, MK Meena and SN Sahai are also circulating in the Secretariat, of how the CM’s Office was biased in handling their cases. Officers in the Delhi government were aghast when five senior Delhi Andaman Nicobar Services (DANICS) officers were suddenly transferred to the Labour department. (DANICS officers are allotted this department at the start of their careers.) Three of them are SCs, the other two are OBCs. Then there was the case of the 1988-batch IAS officer of the UT cadre who happens to be a Dalit. Already dumped in an insignificant post, he was demoted from CMD to MD and the Chairman’s post was vested with the concerned minister. Can you blame Dalit officers for asking if Kejriwal is actually against SC/ST officers?
VOL. 9, ISSUE 8 | NOV, 2015