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Delhi government denies its officers’ morale down

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New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday denied published reports that the morale of its officers had been hit by a public row between the chief minister and the Lt. Governor.

“Every government official is working with the chief minister and different ministers with full energy,” Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet.

“The morale has gone down for those who misuse their positions, not for the hardworking officers,” he added.

According to Sisodia, retired IAS officers who in earlier governments thrived by transferring and posting bureaucrats in select posts were “now talking about boosting IAS officers’ morale”.

Although he is the deputy chief minister, Sisodia, a long-time confidant of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, holds several key portfolios and is seen as the most senior person in the government after Kejriwal.

The AAP government, which took office in February, has been locked in an ugly spat with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung over the posting and transfer of senior officers, particularly those from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

This has fuelled speculation that the morale of IAS officers in the Delhi government has been hit and that some are seeking postings elsewhere.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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