The file has been stuck at LG’s office since January 20
Delhi Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia has requested Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena return the file regarding a Finland-based training programme for teachers of Delhi government schools.
In a letter to the LG, Dy CM Sisodia highlighted that the file had been lying on the LG’s desk since January 20 without him taking any decision, and under the laws, the LG cannot hold a file for more than 15 days. Despite this, the LG has chosen to sit on the file for over a month now, which is unjustified, according to the Deputy CM.
The LG has repeatedly raised objections to the proposal and stalled the file twice, despite receiving the government’s approval.
According to Rule 49 of the amended Transaction of Business of GNCTD 2021, in case of a difference of opinion between the LG and the Minister regarding any matter, the LG must endeavour to resolve the difference of opinion through discussion within 15 days.
If the difference of opinion persists, the matter is to be referred to the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers must then deliberate on the issue within 10 days and take a decision.
“The Deputy Chief minister had sent a proposal to the LG on January 20 for a Finland-based teacher training programme for Delhi government school teachers, but the file had remained stuck in the LG office since then. The LG had sent back the file under the pretext of clarifications to continue stalling the training program,” the Delhi government said.
When CM Arvind Kejriwal reached the LG with his ministers and MLAs to discuss this obstruction, there was an outright refusal by the LG to meet them.
“The government has examined the proposal, including a cost-benefit analysis, and found that the training programme is essential to improving the quality of education in the national capital,” Deputy CM Sisodia said.
“Therefore, the repeated objections raised by the LG are unwarranted and are delaying the implementation of a crucial program that could benefit Delhi’s students,” he added.
The Deputy Chief Minister’s letter to the LG also emphasised that “the decision of the Delhi government to send its teachers to Finland for training has attained finality. Therefore, the file must now be returned by the LG so that we can start the process of sending our teachers abroad for training.”