Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj accuses Chief Secretary of negligence in sexual harassment case in hospital

Saurabh Bhardwaj vs Chief Secretary controversy: Once again a conflict has arisen between the Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi and the Chief Secretary. Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj had directed the Chief Secretary to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the allegations of molestation and harassment of women contractual employees at a hospital in Burari in North Delhi. The minister alleged that CS Naresh Kumar (Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar) has not responded to that urgent note on this matter.

According to news agency PTI, apart from the minister’s allegations, the Chief Secretary’s office claims that an action taken report has been submitted in the matter. On Sunday (24 December), Minister Bhardwaj had directed CS Kumar to form a committee to investigate the allegations. The minister had called for an action taken report from the Chief Secretary within 6 hours of receiving the note.

According to the police, a woman working as a sweeper on contract basis in Burari Government Hospital has accused her manager and three supervisors of molesting and harassing her and two other employees.

Police registered the case and started investigation

A Delhi Police official said that based on the woman’s complaint, a case has been registered against her manager and three supervisors of the company that provides staff for multi-tasking work in the hospital and they have been asked to join the investigation. .

‘The report of Burari Hospital is very shocking’

Minister Bhardwaj said in a statement on Monday (December 25) that the report that came from Burari Hospital was very shocking. For this, there was a need to take immediate action from the government machinery. He also said that it is very unfortunate that the Chief Secretary refused to respond even to the urgent note sent in case of such sensitive allegations.

‘Imagine how the elected government is working’

He further said, “One can imagine how an elected government works… How will the safety of women be ensured when the Chief Secretary does not take immediate action? This is when the Delhi unit of BJP has created so much ruckus over this particular incident. Will BJP now demand action against the Chief Secretary?

In this matter, Delhi Government’s Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj said that on Sunday (24 December), the postal rider was sent to the residence of Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar with an urgent note. However, the staff at Naresh Kumar’s residence did not accept the urgent note saying that they were instructed not to accept any note. After that, the note was sent to the Chief Secretary through e-mail ID and on Monday (December 25) morning the note was also physically delivered to the residence of Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar.

‘Delhi government has no control over officials’

Saurabh Bhardwaj said that after the recent amendment in the GNCTD Act by the Central Government, the elected Delhi government has no control over the officials. The officers are answerable only to the Lieutenant Governor (LG). Whenever any untoward incident occurs, questions are asked to the elected government, although the LG has complete control over the officer.

This answer came from the office of the Chief Secretary

The Chief Secretary of Delhi has presented the Action Taken Report on the note received from Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj regarding the incidents of alleged sexual harassment in Burari Hospital. According to the Chief Secretary, every issue raised by the Health Minister on Sunday (December 24) has been answered in this report.

The Chief Secretary expressed surprise at the posting of the Minister’s note on Aam Aadmi Party’s social media platform ‘X’ with a time limit of 6 hours. It was sent over email just 6 hours after it was shared on the AAP handle. The Chief Secretary said that the note sent by the Health Minister was physically received by the CS on December 25 at 10:10 am.

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