‘Pro­ce­dural hic­cups caused de­lays’

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Jy­ot­sna Jalali CHANDI­GARH: While out­go­ing Chandi­garh deputy com­mis­sioner Bri­jen­dra Singh terms his ten­ure as sat­is­fy­ing, he does not have much to write home about.

Though his ten­ure ends in Septem­ber, he will be repa­tri­at­ing to Haryana, his par­ent state, on Au­gust 15. He had ap­proached the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion for repa­tri­a­tion to his par­ent state last year, cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons. His re­quest was ac­cepted, but he still had to continue ow­ing to the de­lay in ap­point­ing a new DC.

No is­sue of pub­lic in­ter­est has been re­solved dur­ing Bri­jen­dra’s ten­ure, but he blames it on the hier­ar­chi­cal set-up.

Among the ma­jor is­sues be­fore the DC of­fice was the mush­room­ing of pay­ing guest (PG) ac­com­mo­da­tions in the city. But it took the DC his en­tire ten­ure to de­cide on rules and reg­u­la­tions for set­ting up PG ac­com­mo­da­tions.

No steps have been taken to cur­tail vi­o­la­tion of build­ing by­laws by own­ers of res­i­den­tial as well as com­mer­cial prop­er­ties. The pro­posed changes in build­ing by­laws have also not ma­te­ri­alised. Cu­ri­ously, the DC had pro­posed to lower the mis­use charges from Rs 500 per sq ft to Rs 100 per sq ft. Not im­pressed, the ad­min­is­tra­tion asked him to give rea­son for his pro­posal. His ex­pla­na­tion is still awaited.

Clearly, Bri­jen­dra has not done any­thing be­yond pa­per­work, and the new DC will have to lit­er­ally start from scratch.

Here is what he has to say about his “achieve­ments” and the “stum­bling blocks”: HT: Did you seek repa­tri­a­tion twice? What made you do that? Bri­jen­dra Singh: I had asked for repa­tri­a­tion just once be­cause of per­sonal rea­sons. How do you de­scribe your ten­ure in the city? What were the ma­jor is­sues you worked upon?

It is a very small city and all UT func­tionar­ies

sit at one place. Over­lap­ping of de­part­ments and ju­ris­dic­tion is

bound to hap­pen

My ten­ure was quiet sat­is­fy­ing and it was a great work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We man­aged to start the digi­ti­sa­tion of records in the es­tate of­fice. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of high-se­cu­rity num­ber plates and the change in the ex­cise pol­icy of liquor are two is­sues that have been han­dled re­ally well. The high-se­cu­rity num­ber plate project did not re­ally get go­ing. In fact, didn’t it get stuck in de­lays?

The de­lay in such big projects is in­evitable. We have now crossed all the hur­dles and reached the stage of im­ple­men­ta­tion. No pub­lic is­sues got re­solved in your ten­ure. Do you blame it on less author­ity and more re­spon­si­bil­ity?

Ge­o­graph­i­cally, Chandi­garh is a very small city and all the func­tionar­ies of the ad­min­is­tra­tion sit at one place. Over­lap­ping of de­part­ments and ju­ris­dic­tion is bound to hap­pen. I had sev­eral de­part­ments to look af­ter and, yes, there are times when a de­ci­sion on some mat­ter gets de­layed be­cause of var­i­ous pro­ce­dural hic­cups. Why has no ac­tion been taken in the booth al­lot­ment scam even two years af­ter it sur­faced?

It is a com­pli­cated is­sue. We are thor­oughly ex­am­in­ing the in­quiry re­port pre­pared by a for­mer ADC. I want to re­solve the mat­ter be­fore I quit of­fice.

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