The decision to unceremoniously repatriate former Deputy Commissioner Mohd Shayin was taken in the “larger public interest” and “under pressing circumstances”, said Vijay Dev, Adviser to UT Administrator, here on Monday.
“The administration had some pressing circumstances. All kinds of issues pertaining to the former deputy commissioner were being raised in the media. The government took stock of the entire situation and found it appropriate, in public interest, to repatriate Shayin. A panel of officers for his replacement was then sought from the Haryana government, which they sent recently,” Dev told Chandigarh Newsline.
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The post of Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner has been routinely filled through deputation from Haryana. However, the last DC, Mohd Shayin, was sent back on April 29 to his home state four months before his three-year-long deputation was supposed to end.
The appointment of new DC is likely to take place soon as Dev confirmed that the Chandigarh Administration had cleared the panel of three officers sent by the Haryana government and forwarded it to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
MHA will select one of the names soon and refer it to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister. The panel comprises 2003 batch IAS officer Ajit Balaji Joshi and two 2005 batch IAS officers, Renu Phulia and Jagdeep Singh. Joshi is being considered the front-runner because of his seniority.
“I can’t say how much time the entire process would take. But MHA should clear it within this month and then it will be sent for further approval,” he said.
On Monday, the UT Administration also received a panel of 12 Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers, out of whom four are likely to be posted in Chandigarh on deputation.
“We have received names of 12 HCS officers from the Haryana government. Soon, the personnel department will conduct interviews and select at least four officers,” Dev said.
A panel of HCS officers was sought from Haryana after three HCS officers were recently sent back on completion of their tenure. The HCS officers repatriated were S K Setia, Mandeep Kaur and Tilak Raj.
Three Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers have recently joined the Chandigarh Administration on deputation. They are Navjot Kaur, Amit Talwar and Rubinderjit Singh Brar.