UT housing board CEO, members caught in verbal duel at governing body meeting

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan times
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2015 11:00 IST
Chief executive officer (CEO) of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) SB Deepak Kumar (HT FILE PHOTO)

Chief executive officer (CEO) of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) SB Deepak Kumar lost his cool in the governing body meeting of the board on Tuesday.

Kumar accused the board members of ignoring him while taking key decisions and asked the governing body to expunge a statement of the members wherein they reportedly had “censured the CEO for not approving the Tatkal service leading to losses to the exchequer” from the minutes of the meeting held on September 2.

The CEO then boycotted the next meeting of the board held in October 14.

The board members on the other hand put their foot down saying, “The decisions in meeting are taken collectively and we will not expunge anything from minutes. If he has to say something, the CEO should discuss it with the board members instead of complaining to the UT adviser.”

The governing body of the CHB approved the Tatkal scheme in its meeting on September 2, but Kumar reportedly refused to sign the notification. The board, however, implemented the scheme.

Kumar had strongly opposed the Tatkal scheme approved by the board in a meeting held in August and even had lodged a complaint with UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev. Kumar has not signed the Tatkal scheme file to date.

Heated arguments on Tuesday continued for nearly 30 minutes and Kumar left the board meeting in between due to his other engagements.

Speaking to HT, Prem Kaushik, a member of the board, said, “The CEO showed his resentment and we told him that decisions in the board meeting are taken collectively and if he has to say anything, he should discuss the same in the meeting.”

Lashing out at Kumar, another board member Tarsem Garg said, “Whatever is approved in the board meeting, you have to accept that. There is no vested interest of any board member as we are working for the welfare of the people. We are not going to expunge anything from the minutes of the meeting held in September.”

Board chairman Maninder Singh too rebuffed the CEO for not signing the Tatkal scheme file.

In October this year, the board chief executive officer had shot off a letter to UT adviser alleging irregularities 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 former secretary Danish Ashraf were not serious about their job as they were having additional charges.

The meeting on Tuesday was chaired by CHB chairman Maninder Singh, seputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, board secretary Adapa Kartik and board members Raghubir Arora, Tarsem Garg and Prem Kaushik.

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