No of­fi­cer to spare, Pun­jab re­fuses to send panel

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Vinod Ku­mar Vinod.ku­mar1@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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