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Open Hand not city emblem, concludes admn

chandigarh Updated: May 01, 2012 14:18 IST
Amaninder Pal Sharma

Did you, too, think that the Open Hand just had to be the emblem of Chandigarh? Well, the administration has indeed sprung a surprise. "The emblem of Chandigarh is a round outlined logo with the Ashoka Pillar in the centre and a silhouette of the assembly building, the marker of the city's skyline, in the background," home secretary Anil Kumar told HT on Monday. The conclusion has come after a week-long scrutiny of documents.

"The logo with the Ashoka Pillar and the skyline has been used in all the official and demi-official communications of the Chandigarh administration since January 1967, around two months after the creation of the UT," claimed Anil.

HT had highlighted the ongoing confusion over the emblem on Monday, and the home department had promised to clear the air soon.

However, the UT website still mentions Open Hand as the emblem of Chandigarh. This misinformation has been replicated multiple times on hundreds of websites. "We will get the website corrected, and also ensure uniformity of use in all official stationery, publications and websites," said the home secretary.