Whodunnit comes into play over closure of Chandigarh schools

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:45 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Punjab and Haryana governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh Airport on Friday. (HT Photo)

Though the UT administration's entire machinery was busy making preparations for the Prime Minister's visit, in their over-enthusiasm, the authorities ordered closure of city schools at a time when examinations were on.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a serious note of the closure of schools and regretted inconvenience caused to the residents through a tweet, besides marking an inquiry.

The Union home secretary also sought explanation from the administration, asking it to reply as to why the schools were closed and why the cremation ground in Sector 25 was out of bounds for the city residents.

Now, the blame game has ensued in the administration. Sources said UT adviser Vijay Dev had ordered the holiday after consulting the UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki.

Sources said the adviser had gone to meet the administrator personally and talked to him about declaring a holiday in schools as some associations had demanded change in the school timings to avoid inconvenience to the students.

However, sources in the Raj Bhawan said it was the adviser who took the call to shut schools.

Sources said there was no written communiqué in this regard to find out who finalised the holiday. The official order of shutting schools was signed by UT education secretary Saravjit Singh reportedly after being conveyed the same by his higher ups in the administration.

Following the inquiry ordered by the Prime Minister, the Solanki held a meeting with senior UT administration officials to discuss the issue threadbare. The administration will also be filing a reply to the union home secretary in a day.

Adviser Vijay Dev could not be contacted despite repeated attempts and no official version from the UT administrator Kaptan Solanki came.

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