UT administrator Patil’s gruff tone takes councillors by surprise

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 10:41 IST

Members of a delegation of 19 councillors which went to meet UT administrator Shivraj Patil on Thursday evening were in for a rude surprise as they were snubbed on almost every issue they raised with him.

The delegation went to him, wanting to inform him of the resolution that the House had passed on giving a job to the wife of late SAD councillor Malkiat Singh, who had passed away at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on October 7.

At the 20-minute meeting, Patil lashed out and cut into every demand or request of the councillors.

The mood was set even before pleasantries were exchanged.

When city mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, the leader of the delegation, started to speak in Punjabi, Patil said, “Can’t you speak in Hindi?”

When the subject of the resolution was brought up, Patil said: “When you have the power to recruit people and have already hired 8,000 people, why cannot you recruit her?”

Answering the question himself, the administrator added: “It seems you are here to play politics and have thus come to me with the request. You will later claim that the matter (job to the widow of Malkita Singh) was taken up with the UT administrator and it was he who did not do the needful.”

To this, BJP councillor Arun Sood said that the House wanted his help in arranging a job for Malkiat’s wife in the education department, Patil said: “The MC has primary education under it, why cannot she be recruited there.” Lashing out further, Patil said: “I have requested you a number of times to raise house tax and water tariff and you do not follow. You are only good at issuing statements in newspapers. Rates are not being raised for your political gains.”

He had another cutting answer to BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi’s lament that campuses of Panjab University, Sector 14, PGIMER and PEC, Sector 12, are electing their councillors but are deprived of facilities as the MC has no jurisdiction over the areas, Patil said, “Do you homework. No university in this country comes under the MC, they are autonomous.”

When councillors informed him that committees of primary education and health had not been approved and the files were with him, Patil lost his cool, and said, “There is no file pending with me as I clear all MC files on priority.”

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