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Centre declines Sanjiv Chaturvedi's deputation as OSD to Kejriwal

It said that Chaturvedi needs to first complete mandatory cooling-off period of three years before joining the Delhi government.

Published: 24th June 2016 04:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2016 08:28 PM   |  A+A-

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

NEW DELHI: After 16 months since, finally Centre has turn down the deputation request of Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, whom Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wanted to be posted as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in his office. Turning down the request the Centre said that service rules bar such hiring as  Chaturvedi needs to first complete mandatory cooling-off period of three years before joining the Delhi government.

Chaturvedi, a 2002 batch Indian Forest Service of Uttarakhand cadre and a Magsaysay Award winner, is working as Deputy Secretary in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on February 16, last year written to Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking services of Chaturvedi as OSD in his office.

“The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has declined the proposal for inter-cadre deputation of Sanjiv Chaturvedi from Uttarakhand cadre to the Government of National Capital territory of Delhi,” said an order issued recently by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The decision comes after an order by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on June 2 directing the ACC to decide within three weeks on the deputation of the officer.

As per rules, an officer can get central deputation or inter-cadre deputation only after the concurrence from both the state government concerned (the cadre state of the officer) and the Centre. Further, an officer must serve three years cooling off period between the two central deputation tenure. The central deputation tenure of Chaturvedi comes to end on June 28.

In its recent communication dated June 16, the MoEFCC had said since the government of Uttarakhand has not accorded its consent, and the officer is required to complete the mandatory cooling-off in his cadre prior to consideration of his next deputation, the inter cadre deputation of Chaturvedi from Uttarakhand to Delhi government cannot be considered.

The ACC in its order issued on Tuesday declined the inter cadre deputation to Chaturvedi.



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