In a letter, the Union Home Ministry has expressed its displeasure over the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's decision to grant time-bound pay scales to Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers, declaring it as "ultra vires".

On August 11, the Delhi government had ordered that pay scales of DANICS officers be revised after they complete 13, 18 and 21 years of service which was not the case earlier. Asked about the Home Ministry reaction, Kejriwal said that the central government did not want his government to work.

"They will not do good work neither will they let us," Kejriwal said, while confirming the information. The Home Ministry, in its communication to Delhi Chief Secretary, asserted that it was the "competent authority to make any amendments in the DANICS Rules" and the Delhi government did not seek its approval.

"The prescribed procedure had not been followed and the approval of the competent authority has not been obtained. As such, it has become ultra vires," the letter said.

"Further, the proposal relating to creation of all posts carrying Grade Pay of Rs 10,000 in Pay Band -4 and above are required to be brought before the Union Cabinet," it added.

DANICS is a civil service whose officers are deputed to serve the middle level and senior level administration of the Delhi government as well as union territories like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

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