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Centre rejects another set of officers for CITCO MD post

Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times   Chandigarh, February 11, 2014
First Published: 10:59 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 11:04 IST(11/2/2014)

The union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has rejected the panel of names forwarded by the Chandigarh administration for the post of managing director (MD) of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO).

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At present, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Tanvi Garg is holding additional charge of the post.

This is for the third time that the ministry has rejected the panel forwarded by the administration for the same post in the past two years. According to sources, the ministry turned down the panel of three Punjab-cadre IAS officers as the norms were not followed.

The Punjab government had recommended names of 1999-batch officer Harbhupinder Singh Nanda, Arunjit Singh Miglani of 2000 batch and Kavita Singh of 2004 batch for the post of CITCO MD.

After turning down the panel, the MHA has now written to the Punjab government asking it to directly send a fresh list of IAS officers for the post, which fell vacant after DK Tewari was repatriated to his parent state on July 31 last year after spending more than four years on deputation in Chandigarh.

When contacted, UT adviser KK Sharma confirmed that the panel has been rejected, but said that they already had another panel of officers sent by the Punjab government. “We have communicated to the ministry about the availability of another panel, which we will be forwarding very shortly. The ministry has agreed to it,” informed Sharma.

Rules say the parent state has to send the vigilance clearance of the officers whose names are on the panel. This is to ensure that no vigilance or departmental inquiry is pending against the officer in the parent state. Without such clearance, the administration of the recipient state/UT cannot initiate selection process of the candidate. After getting the clearance, the UT administration would forward the panel to MHA which would make the selection.

According to senior officials, with both industrial and tourism sectors of the CITCO witnessing a steep dip in its earnings in recent years, the report for the first seven months of the financial year shows a “cash loss” of Rs. 63 lakh. The turnover recorded during this period is 87% less than figures achieved in the corresponding period last year.

With no financial assistance from the UT administration, CITCO has to generate funds to meet all its expenditures, including salary of staff members, thus making the fall in revenue as a serious cause for concern. At present, the salary bill of the corporation is over Rs. 3 crore a month.

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