New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the Delhi government were suspended while two others were served showcause notices by the central government over ‘serious lapses’ in duty during the lockdown.

A Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson said that the four officials of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) have been suspended for dereliction of duty regarding containment of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The spokesperson said that the authorities were responsible to ensure strict compliance to the instructions issued by the National Executive Committee Chairperson, which was formed under the Disaster Management Act 2005 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, failed to do so.

“These officers have failed to ensure public health and safety during the lockdown restrictions to combat COVID-19,” Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson said, as quoted by news agency PTI.

“Due to the serious lapse in performance of their duties, the competent authority has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the officers,” the spokesperson further said while adding that the two officers who have been suspended with immediate effect are Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) and Principal Secretary (Finance), who also holds the post of Divisional Commissioner.

The spokesperson further said that the two officials, who have been served showcause notice, are Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Land Buildings) and SDM (Seelampur).

However, the immediate cause of the action is not immediately known.

A 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in a bid to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country that has claimed the lives of 27 people and affected more than 1,000 people in India.

PM Modi, while making the announcement of the lockdown, had appealed people to follow ‘social distancing’, saying it was the only way to combat the COVID-19 infections.

There has been a large scale exodus of migrant workers from Delhi after the announcement of the lockdown.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma