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Lax staff on hire in UT to be packed off
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
In a move which will affect hundreds of teachers, doctors, engineers and other employees, the Chandigarh administration has decided to repatriate “non-performing” and “long-serving” deputationists to their parent cadres. These include employees who have served longer than the stipulated period in Chandigarh.

“It won’t be possible to implement the orders in one go. It will be done in phases,” a senior official said.

A majority of the deputationists are from Punjab and Haryana cadres. The process has been initiated in a discreet manner with some doctors being repatriated to their parent state.

Controlling secretaries and other heads of departments have been asked to prepare lists of such employees. The fresh orders do not pertain to officials of the IAS, IPS and state civil services who are with the UT on inter-state deputation.

Confirming the decision, a senior official said with no fresh recruitment, there was already shortage of employees in the UT, Punjab and Haryana. The shortage would be kept in mind during repatriation and asking for a new panel of officials. In the recent past, employees have generally been reluctant to come on deputation, especially those settled at another station.

Finding so many employees willing to move to Chandigarh at such a short notice might not be possible, said another senior official. Though there has been the rule of sending back deputationists after a five-year period, it could not be effectively enforced due to various reasons.

Incidentally, a large number of teachers and doctors working with the Chandigarh administration on deputation are “well connected” and are wives or relatives of senior officials in Punjab or Haryana.

Under the Reorganisation of States Act, 1966, the Chandigarh administration is bound to take employees and officials on deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40. In the past, regular employees of the Chandigarh administration had demanded that deputationists should be sent back to their parent cadres.



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