Up in arms against a Union Ministry of Home Affairs order on extending their services to the States of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, representatives of the Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) Officers’ Association met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence on Thursday morning to demand her intervention for stalling the move.
The DANICS officials had held an emergency general body meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation arising out of the MHA’s decision to extend their area of operation to the two North Eastern States as well.
An official said the MHA wants to add Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram to DANICS and it had sent a proposal in this regard to the Department of Personnel and Training which had opined that this cannot be done since DANICS is a Union Territory cadre and both these States were full-fledged ones.
Despite the DoPT’s opinion to the contrary, the official said a Joint Secretary in MHA has been persisting with the matter. “A couple of days ago he sent the file to the Union Public Service Commission for its concurrence in the matter,” he said.
In view of the insistence of the official to persuade the matter, the DANICS officials met Ms. Dikshit on Thursday morning to seek her intervention and to get the MHA move stalled. “She has assured us full support in the matter,” he said.
Earlier the DANICS Association member said the MHA had also suggested including Chandigarh as a new area of operation for them. But in the wake of strong protests by the Chief Ministers of both Haryana and Punjab, the proposal was shelved, he said.
Incidentally, the move by the MHA seems to be inspired by the functioning of the Delhi Police, whose officers also serve in the States of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh as also the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Ministry wants to include Mizoram, Arunachal in their area of operation