Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure there is no change in the Punjab and Haryana share in the administrative posts of the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
"The Chief Minister has requested Modi to advise the Home Ministry for early steps to maintain the ratio of 60:40 between Punjab and Haryana in filling civil posts in the UT, as achieved over a period of time," a spokesperson for the chief minister said on Friday.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Amarinder Singh said: "It was heartening to note that the Government of India had agreed to keep in abeyance its notification of September 25, 2018, merging the posts of DSPs of Chandigarh Police with Delhi, Andaman, Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS), in response to his letter of October 1 this year."
The Chief Minister pointed out that, currently, of the 14 IAS officers posted in Chandigarh Administration, only three belong to Punjab and two belonged to Haryana, while the remaining officers were from UT cadre.
Similarly, out of the 7 Indian Police Service officers posted in Chandigarh, only one each belonged to Punjab and Haryana, whereas the remaining five were from UT cadre.
"Apparently, the ratio of 60:40 was also not being maintained in placing the officers in Chandigarh Administration. The situation is similar with respect to other categories of employees, such as teachers, doctors and other civil officers posted in Chandigarh Administration," Amarinder pointed out.
"Given the fact that the Government of India had appreciated the need to maintain the ratio of 60:40... the imbalance created during the last few years needed to be rectified as well," said the Chief Minister.
He urged Modi to advise the UT not to curtail the role and responsibilities of the officers of Punjab and Haryana, as assigned to them in pre-determined ratio and posts.
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