To strengthen the AGMUT cadre in the city,all three sub-divisional magistrates would now be deployed from this cadre. It was decided in a reshuffle that took place in the UT Administration on Wednesday. Earlier,two IAS officers and one HCS officer who had joined the Administration were without charges.
AGMUT cadre IAS officer Kashish Mittal will take charge as SDM (South) and Registering and Licencing Authority. Mittal had been posted in Chandigarh earlier for his training. The charge of SDM (South) was at present held by HCS officer Tilak Raj who was appointed following a face off between his predecessor Amandeep Kaur with the UT Deputy Commissioner.
Meanwhile,another IAS officer Danish Ashraf has been given charge of SDM (East). He would also be the Joint Director of the Food and Civil Supplies Department. The charge of SDM (Central) and Additional Deputy Commissioner is already being held by AGMUT cadre IAS officer Tanvi Garg. The post was earlier held by a PCS officer.
HCS officer Kamlesh Kumar who joined the city almost a month back and was without a charge has been appointed Director Public Instructions (Schools). Kamlesh had earlier held the charge of joint commissioner of the Municipal Corporation. He was repatriated last year after completion of his term.
Meanwhile,the incumbent DPI Upkar Singh has been appointed Director,Information Technology. This charge was also being held by Tanvi Garg. In fact,Gargs appointment had been made following a tiff between the Secretary IT Prerna Puri and the then Director IT Yogesh Kumar. The latter had soon after asked for repatriation to his parent cadre.
Punjab cadre IAS Bhawna Garg would be the new Special Secretary (Finance). This post was earlier held by her husband,who is also a Punjab IAS and has been repatriated after completion of his tenure.
The UT Administration had earlier made attempts to strengthen the UT cadre when two posts of secretaries were approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs. However,objections were raised from Punjab and Haryana over the issue who demanded that the appointments be made in 60:40 ratio as was the practice. Following this it was decided that one post each would be given to the officers from the two states. Despite repeated attempts,suitable officers have not been found.