Decision on UT home secretary panel soon
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While uncertainty continues to prevail on the panel of senior Haryana cadre IAS officers sent by the state government for the post of UT home secretary, the Chandigarh Administration's top brass are now saying that the final decision on the panel is expected to be taken in a couple of days.
It is from this panel that UT Administrator will select the home secretary. The three officers who figure in the panel are R R Jowell, P K Das and Anil Kumar.
The shortlisted names were sent by Haryana government a month ago but the Chandigarh Administration had not taken a final call.
Two of the three officers including Jowell and P K Das, both 1986 batch Haryana cadre IAS officers, have recently been promoted to the rank of financial commissioner. While Jowell has been designated as Financial Commissioner, Environment; Das has been designated as Financial Commissioner, Science and Technology in Haryana. Anil Kumar, is posted as Commissioner, Ambala division.
The time taken by the Chandigarh Administration to take a final call on the panel has given birth to all sorts of speculations. While the Chandigarh Administration had initially thought of revising the panel and seeking fresh names from the Haryana government, but later the top brass decided to retain the same panel and make the final selection out of the three names sent by Haryana.
A senior UT official, said, "The panel is very much intact. It has not been sent back to Haryana and a final call on the panel is expected in a couple of days."
UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil is going to take a final call on the panel, whose name shall then be forwarded to the Home Ministry for the final nod. The tenure of present Home Secretary Ram Niwas ends on September 24.
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