TO RETAIN Haryana’s claim on posts in the Chandigarh Administration, the state government has directed administrative secretaries of various departments to ensure that staff is sent on deputation to Chandigarh to maintain the 60:40 ratio. There are several unresolved issues between Punjab and Haryana even 50 years after re-organisation. These include claim over Chandigarh by the two states.
In a written communication, Principal Secretary (Monitoring and Coordination Cell of Haryana Civil Secretariat) T C Gupta has stated that “in order to keep Haryana’s claim strong on the Union Territory Chandigarh, it is quite necessary that we should send our staff on deputation basis to Chandigarh in the prescribed ratio of 60:40”.
At present, there are two Haryana cadre IAS officers on deputation in Chandigarh: Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal and Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi. Apart from them, five Haryana Civil Service officers are on deputation here.
The communication states that administrative secretaries should get additional posts sanctioned, but ensure that staff is made available to be sent on deputation to Chandigarh.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Gupta said, “At times, requisition is sent to departments for officials to be sent on deputation. But the departments say that adequate staff is not there. Like there is a deputation quota of doctors in Chandigarh Administration. But if they are deputed from the existing doctors, in that case there will be vacancies in Haryana government. We have issued orders that whatever is the additional requirement [it] should be sanctioned by requisite departments. We have issued directions to the administrative secretaries that there should be staff to send on deputation to retain 60:40 ratio.”
During the tenure of former UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev, it was the UT-cadre officers who were given several coveted posts. This was objected to by Punjab and Haryana. After he took over as the adviser, Parimal Rai had said that he would ensure the ratio was maintained.
The UT cadre had started gaining strength during the tenure of IAS officer K K Sharma as the adviser. The former UT home secretary had in 2014 written a letter to the Haryana government to take up the issue of preferential treatment being given to UT cadre officers with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Prior to that in 2012, the chief ministers of both Punjab and Haryana had written to the Union Home Minister seeking that the 60:40 ratio be maintained.