No officer to spare, Punjab refuses to send panel
CHANDIGARH: Following the refusal of the Punjab government to spare any officer for the post of UT chief architect, which falls vacant next month, the UT administration has written to the Haryana government for its panel of names.
According to senior officials, the administration had written to the Punjab government seeking a list of officials to be sent on deputation to Chandigarh for the charge of chief architect. However, in its reply, the Punjab government has expressed its inability to spare any official for the post. Left with no other option, the administration has now written to the Haryana government for officers.
The decision of the Punjab government not to send the panel has come as a surprise, as it has been raising objections that the 60:40 ratio fixed for filling the posts in UT by Punjab and Haryana was not being adhered to.
The term of incumbent chief architect Sumit Kaur ends on September 30 and it is learnt that she is likely to get a month’s extension, as she is heading the committee preparing the master plan of the city. The master plan has been marred by delays and the administration has been granting her extensions of tenure for its completion. Sumit Kaur will retire on October 31 and will be repatriated to her parent state few days before her retirement. After retirement, the administration is likely to hire her as consultant.
Despite repeated attempts, joint secretary, personnel, Prerna Puri was not available for comments.
Confirming the development, Haryana chief architect Sunita Monga said they have received a request from UT to send panel of five officials. She said the panel would be sent after approval from the chief minister. Panel of PCS officers cleared The UT administration has shortlisted three Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers who will be coming to Chandigarh on deputation. The Punjab government had sent a panel of 12 officials, including Ritu Aggarwal, VK Setia, Poonam Deep Kaur, Neeru Katyal Gupta, APS Virk, HK Nagpal, Bakhtawar Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Devinder Singh, Anupam Kaler, Harbir Singh and Amandeep Kaur.
The officials who have been picked to serve in Chandigarh include Amandeep Kaur, who will be the first to shift to Chandigarh. She has served UT till August 2011, holding positions of director tourism and chief general manager, CITCO.
Sunil Bhatia, Rajiv Kumar Gupta and Jaswinder Kaur are among the PCS officers who would be repatriated over the next few months after completing their respective terms.