Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to issue instructions for immediate withdrawal of the proposed merger of government posts. (Agencies)
The government is proposing the merger of posts currently held by officers of Punjab and Haryana Civil Services into the cadre of UT Chandigarh with Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS).
"It could snowball into a major controversy and vitiate the atmosphere in this region," Badal said.
In separate letters to Singh and Shinde, Badal apprised them of the recent steps taken by the Home Ministry directing the UT Administration of Chandigarh to complete the procedural formalities for the merger and send the draft notification regarding on the lines of already approved merger of DSP cadre of UT Chandigarh with Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS).
The implementation of this would mean that civil posts currently held by the officers of Punjab Civil Services as well as Haryana Civil Services would be manned by officers of DANICS cadre only, Badal said in his missives.
He impressed upon the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to withdraw this proposal.
Terming this issue of "extreme public sensitivity" in Punjab, the Chief Minister asked Singh and Shinde to resolve it on the top priority as the "casual manner" in which the issue continues to be treated by the concerned policy makers at the Centre was "highly deplorable".
He said "the Centre's acknowledgement of Punjab's right over this new move would strike at the roots of Punjab's inalienable right over its capital city. All this will not only lead to widespread resentment among the officers and officials of the Punjab cadre but will also have the potential of blowing up into a major political controversy.
Badal informed them the issue related to the maintenance of the 60:40 ratios of representation of officers and officials of the states of Punjab and Haryana in the administration of the Union Territory of Chandigarh for them.
This too was a strictly stop-gap arrangement in view of the unanimous nation-wide acknowledgement of Punjab's right over Chandigarh as its capital.
This right has been repeatedly endorsed by all the key forums in the country, including the Parliament.
The Chief Minister also drew their attention to instructions, guidelines and administrative advice from the Government of India to the UT Administration regarding the maintenance of the 60:40 ratios.
He recalled that even former Home Minister P Chidambaram, through his communication in June, had assured him (Badal) that "the MHA is particularly concerned about the sensitivity of states of Punjab and Haryana with regard to Chandigarh and, therefore, no step that generates any misgivings" over the issue will be taken.
Badal bemoaned that despite such categorical assurances given from time to time by persons holding highly responsible positions in the Centre, there has been no let up in the "unfortunate efforts" to create confusion over the subject in order to dilute the claim and the legitimate right of Punjab on the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
There has even been a move to empower UT administration to undertake its own recruitment process rather than adopting officials and officers form the states of Punjab and Haryana, mentioned Badal.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to issue instructions for immediate withdrawal of the proposed merger of government posts.