ADMINISTRATOR Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki is all set to get back his room at the city secretariat in Sector 9 as new UT adviser Parimal Rai is readying to shift to the office earmarked for his post. According to sources, Rai, who joined on March 14, has asked the engineering department to get the room ready. A team from the engineering department on Monday inspected the room, which requires a white-wash and minor renovation.
Former UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev had occupied the room earmarked for the UT administrator when he had taken over. Though he was supposed to have shifted his base temporarily, a controversy over the amount of money splurged on renovation of Dev’s official residence meant that refurbishment work was not carried out at the adviser’s room. Dev permanently settled his base at the the room reserved for the administrator.
The adviser’s room was later allotted to 1993-batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories ( AGMUT) cadre IAS officer Vikram Dev Dutt, who was recently transferred by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It is currently being used by 2000-batch AGMUT cadre officer K K Jindal, who also joined on March 14.
Before Dev occupied administrator’s room, it was opened only when the administrator visited the secretariat to hold meetings with officials or for interaction with the general public. The administrator’s public hearing sessions were also held in the same room.
Dev did not get along well with UT administrator Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki and his move to occupy administrator’s room was seen as one of many reasons. An official, on request of anonymity, said that the move of former adviser was against protocol. “Where would administrator sit if he visits the secretariat? Being head of the Chandigarh administration, he needs a separate room, which was there but occupied by the former adviser,” said the official.