Punjab and Haryana to protest AGMUT cadre officer Prerna Puris appointment; post calls for officers who have served at least 16 years
Even as Punjab and Haryana opposed announcement of UT Administrations move to appoint AGMUT cadre officers on the two newly sanctioned posts of secretaries,the former seemed to have stirred a hornets nest by quietly appointing Prerna Puri,a 2006 batch AGMUT cadre IAS officer on February 28.
Prerna Puri has been appointed the Secretary (IT) and House Allotment Committee,which were earlier with UT Finance Secretary V K Singh.
Prerna Puri,who was officiating as the Municpal Commissioner,has only about six years of service. She has been elevated to the rank of secretary,a post which as per the all India service rules of IAS,requires service of 16 years. She has been replaced by Vivek Pratap,a 1996 batch IAS officer from Punjab,who is ten years senior to her.
In fact,both Punjab and Haryana are contemplating protests against appointment with the union government.
Earlier,the respective state governments had written to the centre against the UT Administrations move to appoint AGMUT cadre officers against the two newly sanctioned posts. Both Punjab and Haryana government had categorically stated that the Chandigarh Administration constitutes officers from Punjab and Haryana and there can be no two ways about it.
In an apparent attempt to defend the appointment,UT Advisor K K Sharma said,The Union Territory of Chandigarh is smaller place as compared to states. Even the departments are small. In fact,in almost all the union territories,the secretaries can be appointed once they reach the senior scale and Puri is already drawing her salary in senior scale.
Punjab Chief Secretary S C Agrawal said,Punjabs stand in this matter is very clear. The post of secretary either has to go Punjab or Haryana. We will again lodge a protest against the recent appointment.
Already her appointment as the secretary has created resentment in the bureaucratic circles of the UT Administration. A senior official on condition of anonymity said,This is the first step towards lending more teeth to AGMUT cadre officers and soon state cadre officers would be pushed to corners with all meaty departments falling in their kitty.