The ‘sudden’ removal of law officers from the office of Haryana Advocate General has been a cause of worry for law officers of Punjab Advocate General office. Already scared of pruning of the office,Punjab law officers are apprehending that the ‘downsizing’ by the Haryana government,which has not even gone for the elections this year,might encourage the Akali-BJP government to further cut down the huge size of its army of law officers.
Setting up help desks during the admissions under the influence of their senior leaders,for the so-called social service,the new student leaders at Panjab University seem to have a tough time sitting under the sun. Dean Student Welfare AS Ahluwalia,who inspected the seven help desks on the first two days said,Sitting for protests for a short while is easy for these student leaders,but the hours-long duty at the help desks ails them.
It is evident that quality and hygiene are not the top priority of small-time manufacturers when it comes to making consumable items. But when the health department was questioned on the same,their attitude,in fact,turned out to be sympathetic towards these vendors. A senior official called them ‘citizens with democratic rights’ and went to the extent of referring to them as a ‘need’ of the society. The official reasoned that the inexpensive food sold by these vendors had enough calories that could sustain a poor man’s day without having to spend much. While on one hand,the official thought that unhygienic food was a social issue,yet on the other,believed that consumption of food was linked to the socio-economic status of consumers,who decide for themselves.
From uniforms to jaggery,the Municipal Corporation is all set to dole out cash to its sweepers for these items. Leaving other issues aside,councillors have for hours held debates on whether sweepers should be provided uniforms or should they be given cash to purchase it themselves. The councillors finally settled for cash payment. A similar decision has been taken in the case of jaggery,wherein the workers will be reimbursed on production of bills. Questions are being raised on whether the money will be used for the purposes specified or be spent on other activities by the sweepers.
Despite an unambiguous judgment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court scrapping the requirement of a no-objection certificate from the original buyer for sale/transfer of property,the UT Estate office is still insisting on the demand of NOC. If sources are to be believed,the Administration is busy preparing a special leave petition to challenge the HC’s order. Having received stay on some of the major decisions of the High Court like demolition of encroachments in Sukhna lake and removal of mobile towers,the Administration has every reason to be positive.
The Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA)- known for its ‘much volatile’ approach towards nearly all kinds of happenings in the Panjab University management,did not hold its stance back during the selection of the vice-chancellor of the University,also. While on the day when the interviews for the selection of V-C were held,PUTA strongly condemned the search committee’s decision on calling in candidates serving in institutions other than PU,the next day when the chancellor appointed Arun Grover,a senior professor from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as the V-C,PUTA was first to send a welcome note to him.
While the UT Administration officials may not be available to public,but the opportunity to get together with each other is something they can’t seem to miss. Recently for the wedding of an IAS officer,most of the bureaucrats took their day off and landed in Delhi for the ‘high-profile’ wedding in a five-star hotel. The young female officer got married to an IPS officer in a ceremony largely attended by babus from Punjab,Haryana,Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The officials of the Administration specially went with their spouses to attend the glittering ceremony without bothering about public.