Fill­ing of two sec­re­tary-level posts to be post­poned again

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY - Amanin­der Pal Sharma chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­

■ CHANDI­GARH: The much-awaited post­ing of two se­nior IAS of­fi­cers against the newly cre­ated sec­re­tary-level posts in the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion is set to be de­layed again.

The rea­son this time is the dif­fer­ent kind of elec­tions be­ing held in some of the states and cities be­ing served by the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mi­zo­ram and Union Ter­ri­to­ries (AGMUT) cadre IAS of­fi­cers. Per­ti­nently, of these, the assem­bly elec­tions in Goa were held on Jan­uary 28.

Be­sides, elec­tions for the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Delhi (MCD) are likely to be held in the next cou­ple of months.

In­ter­est­ingly, in the be­gin­ning of 2012, se­nior of­fi­cials of the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion had said the two sec­re­tary-level of­fi­cers would join the ad­min­is­tra­tion by the end of this month. How­ever, with just a day left for the month to end, the ad­min­is­tra­tion hasn’t re­ceived any com­mu­niqué from the min­istry of home af­fairs re­gard­ing ap­point­ment of the new of­fi­cers.

A se­nior of­fi­cial of the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said the post­ings had been de­layed as they could lead to reshuf­fling of of­fi­cials in some states, where elec­tions are be­ing held.

“How­ever, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is shortly go­ing to ap­proach the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment to delink the post­ing process from the on­go­ing and forth­com­ing elec­tions,” he added.

Cit­ing that the vol­ume of ad­min­is­tra­tive work in the city was swelling with each pass­ing year, the Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion had de­manded new sec­re­tary-level of­fi­cers for smooth func­tion­ing of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the pro­posal, which was ac­cepted by the min­istry of home af­fairs a few months ago.

Com­ment­ing on the is­sue, KK Sharma, ad­vi­sor to the ad­min­is­tra­tor, UT, said, “Although the pro­posal in this re­gard had been ap­proved a long time ago, we haven’t re­ceived any fresh or­ders. It may take a few more weeks for the new of­fi­cers to join the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

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