Three weeks before his three-year tenure ended on September 20, municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta has been transferred. Gupta had been opposing populist decisions of elected councillors in the House and had been involved in a war of words with mayor Kulwant Singh and deputy mayor Manjit Singh Sethi over encroachments. Rajesh Dhiman, Sangrur district transport officer, who is also the Sangrur SDM, is the new commissioner.
Gupta has now been posted as joint secretary, information and public relations, and also as joint principal secretary to Punjab deputy chief minister.
REASONS FOR FACE-OFF
Sethi and Gupta exchanged heated words over a list of people allegedly patronising encroachers in the city during the July 15 House meeting. The two office-bearers had then written to the government demanding vigilance inquiry in the allotment of bus queue shelters and allotment of space to private company awarded the sanitation contract.
Gupta had opposed populist decisions like the exemption to villages from paying property tax.
He had dissented against the decision to scrap paid parking, adding that it would have resulted in a loss of `85 lakh with the MC.
He had also slammed mayor Kulwant Singh’s demand to seek abolition of property tax and the called the resolution on this as one passed ‘without application of mind’ as it would cause a loss of `35 crore to the MC.
In February, Gupta issued a show-cause notice for non-cooperation and insubordination to MC joint commissioner Nayan Bhullar and she was transferred. She has now been given the charge of assistant commissioner, grievance cell, SAS Nagar.
“I am happy and my tenure as commissioner in SAS Nagar has been very satisfying,” said Gupta.
The union government had awarded Gupta’s initiative to launch mechanised night sweeping project in SAS Nagar as one of the best projects in the field.