Commenting on the dog-walking row, BJP MP and animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi, has said the transfer of the officers is a loss for Delhi.
BJP MP and animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi. (File pic)
Two days after the Centre transferred a bureaucrat couple following outrage over reports of them vacating a government-run stadium to walk their dog, BJP MP and animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi said the transfer was a loss for Delhi.
“One can’t transfer just anyone anywhere. Delhi will suffer a loss due to the order and the Centre’s move is a conspiracy,” Gandhi said.
“Moreover, Ladakh and Arunachal are places where people go happily. Why are these places being treated as punishment postings? These places too need good officers,” the MP said.
Asked about Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra’s tweet, “Transfer is NOT only disciplinary option available for errant officers,” Gandhi said, “I know the IAS couple Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga very well. The allegations against them are false. They are talented and honest bureaucrats. When Khirwar was the secretary of the environment department, Delhi benefited.”
For all Vishwaguru disciples pointing out what AGMUT stands for – one small point:
Transfer is NOT only disciplinary option available for errant officers. Ever thought of that?
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) May 27, 2022
“They not only listen to problems but also try to solve them,” the activist added.
In a photo that went viral this week, the IAS couple, Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga, were seen walking their dog on a race track inside Delhi’s Thyagraj stadium. Athletes alleged that they were told to clear out the stadium by 7 pm, as the bureaucrats walked their pet after that.
Thyagraj Stadium closing down for sports activities earlier than usual so that Khirwar could take a stroll with his dog at the facility triggered widespread criticism and demands for strict action.
In a swift action, the Union ministry of home affairs on Thursday ordered that Delhi’s Principal Secretary (Revenue) Sanjeev Khirwar be transferred to Ladakh and his bureaucrat wife Rinku Dugga to Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect.