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Hooda writes to MHA, seeks rotation of UT Adviser’s post

Bhupinder Singh Hooda Bhupinder Singh Hooda
By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: April 24, 2014 2:45 am

Amidst the ongoing cadre war in the bureaucracy in Chandigarh, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has shot off a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs, demanding that the post of UT Adviser be rotated between the states of Punjab and Haryana, and no officer from the AGMUT cadre of IAS should be posted in Chandigarh.

Hooda has also opposed the appointment of DSPs in the city from Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Services (DANIPS) cadre in Chandigarh. He has demanded that all such DSPs in Chandigarh should be recalled.

Besides, the ratio of 60:40 between the officers from Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh Administration should be maintained, he demanded.

Although a Union Territory, Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.

When Haryana was carved out of undivided Punjab in 1996, it was decided that senior positions in the Chandigarh Administration would be manned by officers from the two states in the ratio of 60:40.

In recent years, however, several officials from the UT cadre have been posted in Chandigarh, leading to some resentment among officers from Punjab and Haryana.

At present, an IAS officer of the UT cadre is appointed to the post of UT Adviser.

Besides, there are five other UT cadre officers, including two of additional secretary rank, one additional DC and two SDMs.

The Home Secretary is from the Haryana cadre and the Finance Secretary from the Punjab cadre.

Another bone of contention among IAS officers from the Haryana cadre is that the powers of the UT Home Secretary have been diluted, with charges of several departments being given to officers from the UT cadre.

Hooda has demanded that the powers that were there with the Home Secretary till 2011 should be restored.

In 2011, the Home Secretary was divested of seven major departments. Around a month back, Home Secretary Anil Kumar had written to the Haryana Chief Minister that the decisions of the UT Administration were jeopardising the interests of Haryana.

MHA had, around two years back, sanctioned two additional posts of secretaries. While the Advisor had mooted a proposal for appointing UT cadre officials to these posts, Haryana and Punjab had opposed it.

Consequently, it was decided that one post each be allocated to Punjab and Haryana.

However, both posts have remained vacant for one reason on another.

The issue was taken up by both Punjab and Haryana governments with former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as well. The Centre had then assured that the 60:40 ratio would be maintained.

With the tenure of Adviser K K Sharma having ended, and his successor would be appointed once the model code of conduct ends, Haryana has raised the issue now with the Centre.

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