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Instead of Asking Reunion of Chandigarh with Punjab, CM Amarinder Singh Urges Modi to Maintain Status Quo

November 9, 2018 | By

Chandigarh: Instead of seeking reunion of Chandigarh with the Punjab, the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to ensure that the status quo in the Punjab and Haryana share in Chandigarh UT’s administrative posts is maintained.

Seeking his personal intervention, the Chief Minister has requested Narendra Modi to advise the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, for early steps to maintain the ratio of 60:40 between Punjab and Haryana in filling up civil posts in the UT, as achieved over a period of time.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) | FIle Photo used for representational purpose only

In his letter, Captain Amarinder Singh mentioned that it was heartening to note that the Government of India (GoI) 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.

Logo of Chandigarh Administration

The Chief Minister further pointed out that, currently, of the 14 IAS Officers posted in Chandigarh Administration, only three belonged to Punjab and two belonged to Haryana, with the remaining officers were from UT cadre. Similarly, of the 7 IPS 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, he said, adding that the situation was similar with respect to other categories of employees, such as teachers, doctors and other civil officers posted in Chandigarh Administration.

Given the fact that the Government of India had appreciated the need to maintain the ratio of 60:40 between Punjab and Haryana in filling up the posts in Chandigarh Administration, the imbalance created during the last few years needed to be rectified as well, said the Chief Minister.

CM Amarinder Singh also impressed upon Modi to advise the Chandigarh Administration not to curtail the role and responsibilities of the officers of Punjab and Haryana, as assigned to them in pre-determined ratio and posts.

It is notable the city of Chandigarh was built as capital city of the Punjab as after partition of Punjab in 1947 its earlier capital city has left in western part of the land of five rivers. But the Indian government had turned the Chandigarh into a “union’s territory” and joint capital of Punjab and Haryana in 1966 reorganisation of Punjab. The Punjab has been demanding reunion of Chandigarh with Punjab since then but its political class has failed to press the centre to fulfil this demand. Meanwhile the central policies have eroded Punjab’s control over the Chandigarh administration. The central policies also tend to uproot Punjabi language and culture of Punjab from the Chandigarh city.

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