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I know what I'm doing: DC

Punjab civil service officer Amandeep Kaur, currently holding the charge of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), south, and secretary, Red Cross, is at loggerheads with deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Shayin.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 14, 2013 00:59 IST
Monica Sharma

Punjab civil service officer Amandeep Kaur, currently holding the charge of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), south, and secretary, Red Cross, is at loggerheads with deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Shayin.

She has accused him of mental harassment by ordering raids at her office without valid reasons. However, Shayin insists he was well within his rights to order checking and administrative steps were taken to streamline functioning.

HT brings to fore charges levelled by the SDM in her complaint and point-by-point response of the DC.

SDM's allegation:
On July 1, my office was raided on the grounds of pendency of certificates. But no pendency was found. The raid was totally uncalled for and unjustified in which all rules, norms and laid down procedures were not followed. No written order by the DC was shown to me. A junior-level officer conducted the raid along with a videographer which was humiliating. At least a senior-level officer of the rank of additional deputy commissioner (ADC) should have been deputed for the raid. The raid was conducted four times in a single day.

DC:
It was not a raid first of all. It was a surprise check to see the number of applications pending regarding issuance of Scheduled Caste certificates. I am well within my rights to seek details and explanations from my subordinate officers. A committee was constituted and asked to submit a detailed report, as my office was receiving complaints regarding inordinate delay in the issuance of certificates by the SDM (south). The fact that the committee had given a clean chit does not in any way indicate that there was no need to constitute the panel in the first place.

SDM's allegation:
I am holding the charge of secretary, Red Cross, and all official matters are supposed to be routed through the secretary. But in my case the post of secretary was completely undermined. The officials working with Red Cross are directly being terminated by the DC-cum-chairman of the Red Cross. He also issues warning letters, notices, besides giving work distribution orders. The staff members of Red Cross were issued notices for giving representation against the PA to DC-cum-joint secretary, Red Cross, Poonam Malik, that she does not fulfil the eligible criteria for the joint secretary post.

DC:
The orders issued by me as the chairman, Red Cross, are well within my power. I know what I am doing. I have terminated the contract of a couple of employees after receiving complaints of non-performance against them from their supervisors. I do not need permission from my subordinate employees to do so. Meanwhile, the appointment of Poonam was ordered by another SDM-level officer before Amandeep had even joined six month back. It is a financially sound order as the UT administration is saving Rs 40,000 by giving Poonam the additional charge.

SDM's allegation:
An inquiry was marked to an ADC-level officer over an anonymous complaint against me and superintendent Deepak Kainth regarding pendency of SC certificates. The position regarding pendency of certificates had been sought time and again by DC office even though the stand remained conveyed at least five times in last three months.

DC:
First of all, it was not an anonymous complaint, but carried signatures of a number of people. The complainants had stated that their certificates were being delayed by the two officers deliberately, which we had to take cognisance of. Inquiry was marked to an ADC-level officer. I have never been personal and did everything in public interest.

SDM's allegation:
My explanation has been called on flimsy grounds of keeping pending an agriculture file regarding purchase of plants on July 23. The plants worth Rs 1 lakh were to be purchased and the file was in process.

DC:
The UT administration for the past 15 years has been procuring plants from nurseries across different cities. The plants are sold at much cheaper rates than the prevailing market price. The profit after the sale goes to the government account. The plants are to be sold between July and August keeping in mind the weather conditions. But the SDM kept the file pending for 40 days and even got the profit and loss calculated for the project. The officer even suggested that it was a loss-making project and should be scrapped. Following the delay, she was asked to explain.