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Summer blues: UT Home secretary, Anurag Agarwal, to look after 26 departments

The unusual additional assignments to top babus of UT have come since key officers were either transferred or are on leave.

punjab Updated: Jun 13, 2017 12:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UT Home secretary,Anurag Agarwal,26 departments
Anurag Agarwal(HT Photo)

At a time the UT administration is already facing flak over the non-appointment of a full-time SSP, ad hocism has emerged as the flavour of the summer. All top officers are handling multiple departments, either due to colleagues going on leave or vacancies not being filled. In some cases, transfers have also taken place.

Sample this: UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal is the busiest officer in the administration this week with 2 6 departments at his disposal.

Another IAS officer, special secretary (finance), Jitender Yadav, will have 12 departments followed by 11 departments that CITCO MD Kavita Singh will be officiating.

The unusual additional assignments to top babus of UT have come since key officers were either transferred or are on leave.

Agarwal was already handling 16 departments and has got additional charge of nine more departments with secretary personnel, KK Jindal, proceeding on medical leave from June 9-18.

One department of SB Deepak Kumar, secretary technical education, transferred on June 9, has also been given to him.

  • Home secretary Anurag Agarwal : 26 departments
  • Special secretary (finance), Jitender Yadav: 12 departments
  • CITCO MD Kavita Singh: 11 departments

Agarwal’s additional assignments include secretary personnel, vigilance, transport, housing, education and chief administrator.

Yadav already has seven departments with him, five additional departments have been given to him post Deepak Kumar’s transfer. With MC commissioner Baldeo Purushartha undergoing training till June 31, Kavita, is handling eight additional departments.

Seven departments of Deepak Kumar assigned to Purushartha, will also go to her, besides, Purushartha’s MC commissioner charge.

The key departments of the administration will have ad hoc bosses at least till next week and in many cases, till month end.

The post of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) and SSP (traffic) have been vacant since SS Gill, a 2003 batch IPS officer, was repatriated to Punjab in December 2015.

Eish Singhal is officiating as the Chandigarh SSP. The city has not had a regular SSP (traffic) since May 2016.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 12:56 IST