Revenue Secretary Manisha Saxena, along with Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi, South Delhi District Magistrate Amjad Tak and Directorate of Information and Publicity Secretary Jaydev Sarangi held an unusual press conference at the Press Club in New Delhi and said that the IAS officers in Delhi are “working with utmost sincerity and dedication”.
The officers also said that they are apolitical and neutral and their job is to implement the policies of the government. “We are answerable only to the law and the Constitution,” they said. “We have been targeted and victimised and told that we are working with someone. We would like to inform that we are not on strike,” Saxena said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, have stayed put at the Lieutenant Governor’s office since Monday, demanding that LG Anil Baijal should direct the IAS officers to end their “strike”. “We all are in our offices doing our work, conducting inspections and everybody is working with utmost sincerity and dedication,” Saxena said, adding that the “abnormal situation” forced them to address the press and clarify their stand.