Amid the ongoing tussle between the Centre and Delhi government over the issue of shifting officials out of capital, Union Home Ministry, on Wednesday, ordered transfer of five senior IAS officers attached with the city administration.
Those transferred included Directorate of Municipal Services Director RK Srivastava, Chief Electoral Officer Reena Roy, Labour Commissioner Ramesh Tiwari and Delhi Jal Board member Rinku Gugga, sources said.
The transfer orders came barely two days after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit hardened her stand on the issue of transfer of 25 senior officials, saying her government would not release them until equal number of replacement was provided by the Home Ministry.
The Home Ministry had last week issued show cause notices to the DANICS (Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services) officials to explain why they did not comply with its transfer order issued on May 29 asking them to join their new postings immediately.
Ms Dikshit has maintained that there is a severe shortage of officials in Delhi government against the sanctioned strength and transfer of the huge number of officials will seriously affect governance. She had asked the Chief Secretary not to release any of the 25 officials.