Vijay Dev (51), a1987-batch Arunachal Pradesh–Goa–Mizoram–Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre IAS officer, joined as adviser to the UT administrator on Wednesday. He was the chief election commissioner, Delhi, prior to this assignment. He met the administrator, senior officials and interacted with the media on Wednesday. HT presents his take on key issues.
On inter-cadre rivalries
I have worked in New Delhi. After tackling the kind of inter-cadre issues that crop up there; I think Chandigarh should be a cakewalk. Officers should stop thinking in terms of cadre. As soon as an officer is in Chandigarh, he must forget cadre and pledge allegiance to the city.
Plans for the city
Chandigarh is a beautiful city. I aim to maintain its glory and improve the quality of life with focus on health, education, public safety and environment. Traffic managament and parking are also important.We will explore a liaison between academic institutions and the industry and make the city a technology hub.
Any specific strategy
Whatever gets measured gets done. Qualitative and quantitative measurement of the working of all departments will be done to ensure development. The administration should work as a single organic unit.
On ensuring safety and security
Chandigarh is like a model city when it comes to the implementation of the rule of law. However, criminal justice administrative system will be introduced, which means closer co-ordination between the police, forensic experts and public prosecutors.
Administration should be aimed at the prevention of crime and proper investigation. The judiciary and the executive should work in harmony. Advocates are an important part of society and we will collaborate with them.
On pending projects such as Metro
I will study important projects. A priority list will be drawn up and we will see the projects that could be expedited.