New Delhi: Delhi government’s principal secretary (home), B S Bhalla, has now been given the additional charge of principal secretary, health & family welfare, and has also been made the nodal officer for overall management of Covid in Delhi.
The 1990-batch AGMUT-cadre IAS officer was a member of the sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court for auditing Delhi’s oxygen requirement. The sub-group recently submitted an interim report, which raises some questions about estimation of Delhi’s oxygen requirement. The report also has an annexure where Bhalla answers these questions as part of his objections and comments.
In the annexure, he has stated that the draft interim report makes it “painfully apparent” that the sub-group, instead of focusing on the bottlenecks to ensure efficient supply and distribution of oxygen, concentrates on recommending the quantity of liquid medical oxygen to be allocated to it.
In a more recent file noting of the Delhi home department, Bhalla pointed out that the interim report had been sent to Government of India without making the requisite changes and without sharing them with the members.
Bhalla relieves IAS officers Vikram Dutt of the charge of health principal secretary and Satya Gopal from the nodal officer’s role.