Tatkal: Chandigarh Housing Board CEO faces chief’s ire

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2015 10:45 IST
CEO SB Deepak Kumar (left) and chairman Maninder Singh (right) of the Chandigarh Housing Board (HT Photo)

A full-scale war of words has now broken out between two top bureaucrats of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). On Friday, CHB chairman Maninder Singh issued a press release stating that the governing body members of the CHB in a meeting held recently censured the board’s chief executive officer SB Deepak Kumar for not approving the Tatkal files, leading to losses to the exchequer.

Intervening in the ongoing fight between the top two functionaries, UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev has sought a report from CHB chairman Maninder Singh on board’s functioning by October 19. The governing body of the CHB had approved the Tatkal scheme in its meeting on September 2, but it could not be implemented as the CEO, SB Deepak Kumar, reportedly refused to sign the notification.

While opposing the scheme, the CEO in his strong worded letter to the chief accounts officer said: “The dwelling unit is being transferred in your name on the basis of papers submitted by you, at risk and cost, subject to the public notice. The transfer letter is being issued subject to the condition that it will deemed to have been treated as revoked/ cancelled if any objections/complaints from public is received against you after floating the public notice. The CHB will not be responsible for any defect in title or any false statement made for which the transferee is directly liable for civil and criminal proceedings.”

The CEO stated that the scheme being implemented, in its present format, was against the rules issued by the Chandigarh administration.

The chairman, who read out the said letter in the meeting held on October 14, said the scheme was appreciated by the public and to date, CHB had earned Rs 20 lakh from it. The board said that the failure on part of any official for not getting transfers done within 5 days in Tatkal service should be viewed seriously and the CEO should be censured for such an act. CHB chairman Maninder Singh and CEO SB Deepak Kumar refused to comment on the issue.

Hindustan Times, through a couple of reports, highlighted that how the CEO has opened a front against the board chairman for allegedly ignoring him in taking key decisions. The CEO also shot off a letter to the UT adviser, alleging irregularities in the way the board meetings were being conducted. Later in the governing body meeting held on October 14, the members resolved that the CEO was making a mockery of the system. The board members said Kumar and secretary Danish Ashraf have additional charges due to which public was suffering.

The board members were of the view that the court cases against the CHB have shot up and officials having additional charge should not be posted with the board.

What is tatkal scheme

On September 2, the CHB approved ‘Tatkal’ service for transfer of dwellings. An applicant needs to apply under the service for transfer of a dwelling unit with duly completed documents as per the checklist given in the citizens’ charter. An amount of `50,000, in addition to all other applicable fee/charges, is charged from the applicant for transfer of the dwelling unit. The board will transfer the said dwelling unit within a period of five working days, including the day application is submitted.

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