WITH THREE-YEAR term of incumbent UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh coming to an end in January next year, the Chandigarh Administration has written to the Punjab government to send a penal of IAS officers for the post.
Singh assumed the charge of finance secretary in February 2014. The Punjab government has been asked to send a panel of three Punjab cadre IAS officers, of which one will be picked for the coveted post.
According to the rules, the parent state will also have to send vigilance clearance of the officers whose names will be 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 the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) which will make the selection.
Two Punjab cadre officers – Bhawna Garg and Adapa Karthik – were recently relieved, but the Punjab government has not sent their replacements despite repeated reminders from the Chandigarh Administration. Owing to the shortage, some of the officers are burdened with multiple charges.