After being transferred by ministry of home affairs (MHA), UT secretary agriculture K Narasimha and UT DIG AS Cheema have urged the ministry to allow them to continue in Chandigarh.
K Narasimha, Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre 1991-batch IAS officer, and DIG Cheema were transferred on October 2.
Both officers are yet to be relieved and they have submitted their representations to Chandigarh Administration. Their representations have been forwarded to MHA. According to sources, both the officers are likely not to get extension.
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K Narasimha was in news in May, 2015 for confrontation with then deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin, while DIG Cheema was in spotlight in August, 2015, after Chandigarh Police took away the charge of supervisory officer of the economic offense wing (EOW) from him after DSP Meena of EOW was arrested by CBI in Rs 40 lakh bribery case.
With transfer of Narasimha, the strength of IAS officers serving in Chandigarh has further depleted. Administration has a total of 13 IAS officers, including the adviser, belonging to Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT), Punjab and Haryana cadres. Till March, the administration had a strength of 18 officers, the highest in recent years.
On March 9, Kashish Mittal (2011 batch) and Danish Ashraf (2011 batch), both AGMUT cadre officers, were transferred to Arunachal Pradesh after completion of their three-year term. Thereafter, another AGMUT cadre officer, Prince Dhawan (2012 batch), was transferred. The strength further depleted with the relieving of two Punjab cadre officers – Bhawna Garg and Adapa Karthik.
The administration has written thrice to the Punjab government in the last three months for sending a panel of officers to replace Garg and Karthik. Owing to the shortage, some of the officers are burdened with multiple charges.