Two days after a vigilance inquiry was initiated over her appointment by him, deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin stripped his former personal secretary Poonam Malik of her duties in the Chandigarh State Agricultural Marketing Board and Chandigarh Market Committee on Friday evening. But the bureaucratic slugfest was far from over.
Right till the evening, there was speculation that the DC could be suspended as he had not replied to the probe queries over Malik’s appointment in violation of rules. Later he got two days’ time to file the required documents; sources said that came after he met UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev. Malik, meanwhile, has been asked to report to the personnel department at the UT secretariat in Sector 9 on Monday. Initially there was a strong reaction from special secretary, personnel, SB Deepak Kumar, who said he had not got any reply from the DC and “disciplinary action is the next step”. “We can suspend him too as this is indiscipline towards the UT adviser,” he had said.
There was further confusion as the DC claimed he had submitted a reply while Deepak said he had got no reply. Late at night, it was confirmed by Deepak too that the DC had got two more days to file his reply.
The transfer of Malik comes three days after the vigilance inquiry marked into her appointments in the marketing board and market committee.
Malik had been posted as senior assistant in the marketing board on January 15; and within a week she was appointed as secretary of the market committee. According to administration rules the secretary post can only be given to those assistants or senior assistants who have working experience of minimum 12 years.
Home-cum-agriculture secretary Anurag Aggarwal had also asked Shayin to submit a report pertaining to transfer of Malik to the board on deputation.
There are also eight other complaints against the DC, Malik, or both now being examined. The secretaries of the departments concerned had been asked to file details on the issues, and “they have been given some time to send their responses,” said officials.
It must also be noted that the UT adviser, while talking on a row over the splurge of `2 crore on redoing his home and office, had said the reports about the renovation were leaks that constituted “a sort of resistance”.
Face-saver? Says will remove defacements in Sector 17
The Sector-17 market is all set to get a new look with the UT administration planning to remove all the hoardings that are leaving the city’s downtown defaced, and also to clear the encroachments and illegal constructions in the sector. This major initiative has been taken to revitalise the city’s main tourist hub.
The task to remove these hoardings and encroachments has been entrusted upon UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin, known to act tough against violators. He has been asked to complete the task within one month. The development is significant, as Sector 17 is completely dotted with hoardings, defacing the buildings around the plaza. The encroachment is also a common phenomenon in the area, especially during the evenings and weekends.
Though the civic body claims drives are being taken to check violations, things get back to square one after some time.
Confirming the development, DC Mohammed Shayin said, “All encroachments and hoardings in Sector 17 will be removed at first. The drives will also be extended to other city markets like Sector 22 and 35. We will identify the buildings where illegal constructions have come up in violation of the building byelaws.”
The UT is working on restoration of the heritage buildings in the shopping area, and on decongestion of the parking spaces. A detailed plan was discussed during a high-level meeting of the heritage committee chaired by UT adviser Vijay Dev on Thursday.
During the meeting, it was pointed out that the Sector 17 market was losing sheen, and it was need of the hour to revitalise the place. For this purpose, the officials concerned have been asked to prepare the details regarding things that need major improvement in the area.