En­sure sta­tus quo on Pun­jab, Haryana share in Chandi­garh posts: Capt to PM

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CHANDI­GARH: Chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to main­tain sta­tus quo on Pun­jab and Haryana share in the ad­min­is­tra­tive posts of the Union Ter­ri­tory of Chandi­garh.

Seek­ing his per­sonal in­ter­ven­tion, the CM re­quested Modi to ad­vise the Union min­istry of home af­fairs for early steps to main­tain the ra­tio of 60:40 be­tween Pun­jab and Haryana in fill­ing of civil posts in the UT, as achieved over a pe­riod of time.

In a let­ter to the PM, Cap­tain men­tioned that it was heart­en­ing to note that the Union gov­ern­ment had agreed to keep in abeyance its no­ti­fi­ca­tion of Septem­ber 25, 2018, merg­ing the posts of DSPS of Chandi­garh Po­lice with Delhi, An­daman, Ni­co­bar Is­lands Po­lice Ser­vice, in re­sponse to his let­ter of Oc­to­ber 1 this year.

The CM pointed out that cur­rently of the 14 IAS of­fi­cers posted in the Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion, only three be­longed to Pun­jab and two to Haryana, and the re­main­ing of­fi­cers were from the UT cadre.

Sim­i­larly, of the seven IPS of­fi­cers posted in Chandi­garh, only one each be­longed to Pun­jab and Haryana, whereas the re­main­ing five are from the UT cadre.

Ap­par­ently, the ra­tio of 60:40 was also not be­ing main­tained in plac­ing the of­fi­cers in Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion, he said, adding that the sit­u­a­tion was sim­i­lar with re­spect to other cat­e­gories of em­ploy­ees, such as teach­ers, doc­tors and other civil of­fi­cers posted in the Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The CM also wrote to Union min­is­ter for con­sumer af­fairs, food & pub­lic dis­tri­bu­tion Ram Vi­las Paswan seek­ing driage loss at the rate of 2% in­stead of 1% of the min­i­mum sup­port price (MSP) so as to en­sure has­sle-free pro­cure­ment for the re­main­ing kharif sea­son.

In a let­ter to Paswan, the CM pointed out that such re­lax­ation was war­ranted pri­mar­ily on ac­count of the ex­ces­sive/ab­nor­mal/un­timely rain and hail­storm that oc­curred im­me­di­ately be­fore har­vest­ing, which had ad­versely im­pacted the out­turn ra­tio, thus caus­ing prob­lems in procur­ing paddy due to the rel­a­tively high­mois­ture con­tent.

The CM ap­prised Paswan that higher mois­ture con­tent in paddy ar­rivals in sev­eral man­dis, cou­pled with dip in tem­per­a­ture due to un­usual cli­matic con­di­tions this year, had led to un­rest amongst the millers and the farm­ers, which was ham­per­ing the paddy pur­chase op­er­a­tions.

Cap­tain Amarinder Singh

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