There are nine posts of HCS officers in the city,of these,three are already vacant
In a development that is likely to increase the shortage of bureaucrats in the city,two HCS officers have sought repatriation to their parent state. The husband-wife duo of Yogesh Kumar and Varsha Khangwal have requested that they be relieved from the city. The move seems to be a fall-out of the ongoing cadre war in the bureaucracy.
Yogesh Kumar is at present the Director,Public Relations,and Joint Registrar,Co-operatives,while Khangwal is Director,Social Welfare,Chief General Manager,CITCO,and Managing Director of Child and Woman Development Corporation. The duo had joined the UT Administration around two years ago.
The cadre war between the officials of the states and AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) seems to be the reason for seeking repatriation. Kumar,who was earlier holding the charge of Director,Information Technology,was asked to vacate his office when AGMUT cadre IAS officer Prerna Puri was given the charge of secretary,IT. Kumar had written a letter to the Advisor that there was no room available in the IT Department that could be used as an office by Puri. The charge of Director,IT,was given to AGMUT cadre officer Tanvi Garg.
Following this,the HCS and PCS officers held several rounds of meetings and complained that the officers from the states were being discriminated against and the plum postings were being given to the UT cadre officers.
The state governments also took up the issue with the Home Ministry. The issue was raised by both the states during the North Zone Council meeting that was chaired by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram. Prior to this meeting,the Home Minister,in a communication to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,had assured that the 60:40 ratio of appointing officers in Chandigarh would be maintained.
There are nine posts of HCS officers in the city. Of these,three are already vacant. If the request of repatriation of these two HCS officers is also agreed to then the number would decrease further. The officers from Haryana have especially been complaining about being discriminated against during the distribution of departments.
Earlier,charges generally held by the UT Home Secretary were given to AGMUT cadre officer Satya Gopal. After the issue was raised by the state governments,the charges were redistributed and returned to Home Secretary Anil Kumar who is from the Haryana cadre. Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil had time and again directed the officials to settle the differences.
Joint secretary (home) relieved
UT Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev,a 2007 cadre AGMUT officer,was relieved by the UT Administration on Friday. He was recently transferred as per the orders of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and is to join in Arunachal Pradesh. His sucessor Rodney L Ralte,who was earlier posted as district commissioner in Mizoram,joined in his place on Friday.