‘Upset’ over lack of proper protocol, JP Nadda pulls up Chandigarh Administration

According to sources, JP Nadda was ‘disappointed’ that no senior officials from the Chandigarh Administration were present at the airport on Tuesday evening to receive him.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:June 22, 2017 7:46 am

Union Health Minister JP Nadda came down heavily on the UT Administration over lack of proper protocol followed during his visit to the Chandigarh on the eve of International Yoga Day on Wednesday. According to sources, Nadda was ‘disappointed’ that no senior officials from the UT Administration were present at the airport on Tuesday evening to receive him. The Chandigarh administration, sources said, had deputed a Punjab Civil Service(PCS) officer, Amit Talwar to receive him.

Sources also added that when Nadda asked for his programme schedule, the Chandigarh officials couldn’t provide it. “It was a event hosted by the Chandigarh Administration. They were supposed to prepare a complete schedule about the Minister’s stay in the city and send it to the health minister’s office. When he (Nadda) asked for his schedule at the airport, the officials couldn’t provide anything.” said an official privy to the development. “It was later provided to him at Himachal Bhawan.”

Sources further said that when the UT Administration came to know about the issue, Health Secretary Anurag Agarwal, DC Chandigarh Ajit Balaji Joshi, and Director Health Services (DHS) Chandigarh rushed to meet Nadda at Himachal Bhawan on Wednesday morning.

When contacted by Chandigarh Newsline, Deputy Commissioner Chandigarh Ajit Balaji Joshi said that “it was a routine call to the Union Health Minister”. When asked about the Health Minister pulling up UT officials, Balaji refused to comment.

UT health secretary, Anurag Agarwal, said that he was unaware of any such development. “We respect Mantriji. If such thing has happened, we will investigate it and take action against the guilty officials,” he said, adding that the meeting “with Nadda was related to some work”.

It didn’t stop here. The Chandigarh Administration officials also reached late at Himachal Bhawan to escort Nadda. “The UT Administration officials reached only when his cavalcade started to move. This also disappointed the Health Minister,” said an official.

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  1. S
    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:53 pm
    Hats off to Chandigarh Administration for ignoring the so called VIP. Every one should follow it and show these VIP where they stand.
    1. J
      Jun 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm
      This VVIP culture needs to be uprooted . Most of these Politicians have a small minds with highly inflated egos! They all need to be put in their place!
      1. S
        Jun 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm
        I thought feku government was against vip culture? Oh yeah, like everything else, their actions don't match their talk.
        1. R
          Jun 22, 2017 at 9:17 am
          Small mind, inflated ego.
          1. S
            S.P. Singh
            Jun 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm
            Rightly said. The Party talked most of shedding VIP culture is seeking most of VIP status.
          2. G
            Jun 22, 2017 at 7:58 am
            Unreasonable act? Who to blame? Punjab, Haryana or Centre? Central Minister? So definitely Punjab. Right?
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