Call it an irony of sorts. At a time when the government is rooting for doing away with VIP symbols, Chandigarh bureaucrats are high on a sense of privilege and entitlement.
Sample this: The much-sought after fancy vehicle registration series numbers that were sold off for lakhs in auctions held by the UT transport department are being grabbed by bureaucrats by just shelling out a few thousand rupees.
But the difference is the bureaucrats are getting special treatment and are not required to bid for their favourite number because of the fresh notification by the transport department.
They can select any number in the series and get it without any effort. The 0001 number which has been getting major revenue in the past years with bidding going in lakhs, this time was allotted against the reserve price of Rs 5,000.
- August, 2012: A farmer, Amarjit Singh, resident of sector 44, Chandigarh, bid the highest Rs 26.5 lakh, for registration number “0001” of the CH-01-AP. He purchased the fancy number for his S-class Mercedes-Benz, car worth around Rs 90 lakh.
- June, 2012: Jagjit Singh Chahal businessman and owner of Chahal Tyres Private Limited bid Rs 17 lakh to purchase CH-01-AN-0001.
- April, 2012: Former Haryana director general of police (DGP), SPS Rathore, bid Rs 10 lakh for registration number CH-01-AM-0001 for his Mercedes car.
The number went to UT transport secretary K K Jindal. RLA is also under the Transport Department. He got the number booked for his wife’s car. Jindal has purchased a Toyota Innova car which will be used by his wife. In February this year, the 0001 number of CH-O1-BL went for Rs 6.70 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 30,000.
Getting special numbers is always meant as the status symbol and the residents have been bidding to get their favourite number. This time the residents were left wanting as the number was kept reserved. The sources in the administration said the similar practice of keeping number reserved is also being followed in Delhi.
The registration to participate in e-auction of vehicle registration numbers of new series ‘CH01-BM’ for choice registration numbers 0002 to 9999 will be held between May 11 and May 17. The e-auction will begin from May 18 and continue till May 20.
The owner of the vehicle can register on the national transport website: https://parivahan.gov.in/fancy and the link for the registration is available on the Chandigarh administration’s transport department website: www.chdtransport.gov.in and can obtain the Unique Acknowledgement Number (UAN). In the e-auction the vehicle purchased only at Chandigarh address can bid for their favourite number .
It has been decided that a special number will be kept reserved for UT administrator, bureaucrats, judges and senior officials. An official can use the facility only twice during his tenure. A notification was issued in this regard in March. As per earlier practice the number used to be auctioned. The dignitaries/officers in Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, shall be eligible for allotment of such registration marks for the vehicle to be registered in their own (or spouse’s) name without payment of any additional fee limited to only two registration mark during their service tenure.