Chandigarh Housing Board secretary Adapa Karthik — the IAS officer whose pulling up of a superintendent led to work being stalled at the secretariat for two hours on Thursday — has also been cracking the whip in his department. Since taking charge at the CHB around three months ago on November 20, Karthik, who also holds the charge of special secretary (estates) has issued 120 show-cause notices to employees under all categories
He has sought explanations for procedural lapses, while charge sheets have been recommended for not complying with court orders and for sitting on files for months.category (sub-divisional engineers and executive engineers, accounts officers, senior assistants and administrative officers.
“The secretary’s working has created resentment as employees feel pressured. On every file, his notings are mostly poor draft, silly note. This demoralises us,” said an official, on condition of anonymity. Board chairman Maninder Singh, however, said that Karthik’s actions were justified.
He added, “All my officers want the common man not to suffer. Files have been pending for several months and we just want to make life easy for the citizen.”
Karthik could not be contacte even after repeated calls and messages on his mobile phone.