As senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration burn the candle at both ends to ensure that the Second International Yoga Day goes off without a hitch, their public dealing has taken a back seat.
In the normal course, a one-hour time slot – 12 noon to 1 pm from Monday to Friday – is reserved for UT officials to meet members of the public for redressal of their grievances.
However, for the past one month senior officers have been engrossed in making arrangements for the mega event that will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaving them with little time to attend to this vital aspect of their work.
UT Adviser Parimal Rai, Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, who is nodal officer for the event, Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Talwar, IGP Tajinder Luthra and UT Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand are overseeing the arrangements, which include registration\elections of participants, coordination with Punjab and Haryana, site management, transportation, yoga camps and security.
Due to their tight schedules from morning till late in the evening in connection with the Yoga Day, Joshi and Talwar have not held their one-hour grievance redressal meetings for more than a month. According to sources in the administration, people who want to meet these senior officers have been told that they have to come after June 21.
The deputy commissioner has also not been able to hear court cases in the last one month, forcing him to adjourn the cases for later dates for hearing. The building violation committed by Chandigarh Club is one such case which has been adjourned twice in the last one month. The case is now listed for hearing on July 6.
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Lauding the efforts put in by the administration for making arrangements for the event, city-based social activist R K Garg feels that the routine work like public dealing should not suffer. “Everything in administration has taken a back seat, which is not a healthy sign. There should be a balance so that the routine work does not suffer,” he said.
When contacted, UT Adviser Rai accepted that public dealing had been affected due to involvement of officials in preparation for the event. “It’s a big event and requires a lot of efforts and involvement. I am happy that the general public is appreciating the efforts of the officers. Things will get back to normal after June 21,” he said.