Delhi Government On Saturday issued an order to appoint 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries to the Ministers for its smooth functioning.
Parliamentary secretaries were appointed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and they will assume the charge after being sworn in by the Chief Minister once he returns from Bangaluru where is undergoing medical treatment.
However, AAP MLA and former Law Minister Somnath Bharti has not been given any responsibility by the government so far. His name was also not among the 11 MLAs who were recently appointed as chairman to district development committees.
According to a government official, parliamentary secretaries will not receive any remuneration or any perks of any kind from the government — meaning no burden on exchequer.
They, however, may use government transport for official purposes and space in the ministers’ office would be provided to them to facilitate their work.
"If a minister sends his PS for work, he or she will be provided vehicle, but these MLAs will not be given separate salary or perks for this. These 21 MLAs, as parliamentary secretaries, would only voluntarily work with the ministers," Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said yesterday.
Among the parliamentary secretaries who have been appointed by CM are Praveen Kumar to education minister, Sharad Kumar to Revenue Minister, Adarsh Shastri to Information and Technology Minister, Madan Lal to Vigilance Minister, Charan Goel to Finance Minister, Sanjeev Jha to Transport Minister, Sarita Singh to Employment Minister, Naresh Yadav to Labour Minister, Jarnail Singh to Minister of Development, Rajesh Gupta to Health Minister and Rajesh Rishi to Health Minister.
Apart from them, MLAs – Anil Kumar Bajpai has been parliamentary secretary to Health Minister followed by Som Dutt to Industries Minister, Avtar Singh Kalka to Minister of Gurudwara elections, Vijender Garg Vijay to Minister of PWD, Jarnail Singh to Minister of Power, Kailash Gahlot to Minister of Law, Alka Lamba to Minister of Tourism, Manoj Kumar to Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Nitin Tyagi to Minister of Women and Child and Social Welfare and Sukhvir Singh to Minister of Languages and Welfare of SC/ST/OBC.