Although the Chandigarh administration is grappling with shortage of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, the Punjab government has failed to send a panel of officers, despite repeated reminders. At present, the administration has 13 IAS officers, including the adviser, belonging to Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT), Punjab and Haryana cadres. Till March, the administration had a strength of 18 officers, the highest in recent years.
On March 9, Kashish Mittal (2011 batch) and Danish Ashraf (2011 batch), both AGMUT cadre officers, were transferred to Arunachal Pradesh after completion of their three-year term. Thereafter, another AGMUT cadre officer, Prince Dhawan (2012 batch), was transferred. The strength further depleted with the relieving of two Punjab cadre officers – Bhawna Garg and Adapa Karthik.
The administration has written thrice to the Punjab government in the last three months for sending a panel of officers to replace Garg and Karthik. Owing to the shortage, some of the officers are burdened with multiple charges. The departments of the five officers, who were relived in the last five months, have been distributed among S B Deepak Kumar, Jatinder Yadav and Kavita Singh.
UT secretary personnel K K Jindal said they have been writing to the Punjab government for sending a panel. “We have send three communications requesting the Punjab Government to send a panel of IAS and PCS officers, but we have not received any response till date. The shortage is affecting the efficiency of officers. Some of the officers are holding charges of more than 10 departments. They are over burdened.”
Punjab personnel secretary Raji P Shrivastava said they have initiated the process and will shortly send a panel of IAS and PCS officers to Chandigarh.
According to the rules, the parent state will also have to send vigilance clearance of the officers whose names are there in the panel to ensure that no vigilance or departmental inquiry is pending against them.
Without the vigilance clearance, the administration cannot initiate selection process of the officers. Only after getting the vigilance clearance, the administration will be able to forward the panel to ministry of home affairs (MHA) which will make the selection.