Discontent is brewing among bureaucrats from Punjab and Haryana over the fact that the charges traditionally given to officers from the states by the UT Administration are gradually being shifted to bureaucrats from the AGMUT cadre.
The charge of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) that was being held by PCS and HCS officers was in January this year handed over to an IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre,Kavle V Parshuram. The charge was at that time being held by Mahavir Kaushik,an HCS officer who was given the charge of the Registering and Licensing Authority.
During the Punjab Assembly held last month,the legislators raised this issue in the House. A senior legislator rued that the post of ADC used to be held by bureaucrats from the state and this has now been taken away.
Another post is that of the Director,Department of Information Technology. The post was being held by HCS officers. It was after Prerna Puri,an IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre was appointed Secretary,IT that a tussle ensued between Yogesh Gupta,who was the then Director,IT,over a room to be given to Puri.
Following this,the charge was taken from Yogesh Kumar. Instead,Tanvi Garg,another IAS officer of AGMUT cadre was given the charge. Later Yogesh along with his wife Varsha Khangwal,who was also an HCS officer,sought repatriation from the city.
Meanwhile Puri was also given the charge of Additional Secretary (Home),apart from being made Secretary,House Allotment Committee and Special Secretary,(Projects). Tanvi Garg was given charge of th epost of Director,Tourism,where her predecessor was a Punjab cadre officer.
An officer from a state cadre rued that the number of officers from AGMUT cadre was increasing and that they were being given charge of all the important departments. The charges that were for long being held by the officers from Punjab and Haryana are being given to the UT cadre officers. Most of the important posts have been taken away from us, he stated.
Meanwhile,a demand that has also been doing the rounds for some time is for Chandigarh to have its own cadre of officers. With bureaucrats being posted in the city for a period of three years,it is felt that there would be more accountability if the city had its own cadre.