IN WHAT could be termed an effort to placate the bureaucrats from the state cadres of Punjab and Haryana,the UT Administration after much deliberations has done a major reshuffle of departments.
As per the officials,the UT Administrator has finally given back the charges of those departments traditionally held by the Home Secretary and Finance Secretary.
Until now,these departments were held by the UT Advisor and Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board.
As per the changes,the charge of chairman,Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) which was held by K K Sharma,advisor to the UT Administrator,has now been given to Anil Kumar,Home Secretary. As a precedent,the chairmanship of CITCO has been with the UT Home Secretary.
Further,the charges of Secretary,Law & Justice; Secretary,Local Government have also been given to Anil Kumar,Home Secretary. Till now these responsibilities were with Satya Gopal,Chairman,Chandigarh Housing Board.
Empowering UT Finance Secretary V K Singh,the UT Administrator has also handed over the charges of Secretary Labour and Secretary Employment relieving Satya Gopal of these charges.
Further,the charges held by CITCO MD D K Tiwari,who is currently on leave,have also been distributed among the UT Administration officials for the time being. UT Finance Secretary V K Singh will look after the charges of Secretary Cultural Affairs,Environment & Forests,Tourism and Science & Technology.
Varsha Khangwal,HCS,Chief General Manager,Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO),Chandigarh,will look after the charge of the post of Managing Director,CITCO. K Tiwari,Managing Director,CITCO,is currently on ex-India leave till June 3. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra,PCS,Director (Technical Education),will hold the charge of the post of Director (Higher Education).
The heads of the Health Department and GMCH,Sector 32,Chandigarh will submit the cases directly to the Secretary (Health & Medical Education and Research).