Himachal’s share in Chandigarh not an election issue since 1995

Y.S.Rana | May 11, 2019 08:00 AM

HAMIRPUR: The welcome song for either of the political party of the State dies down on May 23 but unaware of vexed issue of state’s share in Chandigarh no political party has provided any space for it in their manifestos but the fact remains the issue has of paramount importance for the people of the state. It is election time in Himachal Pradesh but state’s share in Chandigarh has never been an issue for either of the major political party especially since 1995.

The issue has surfaced in 2011 when the state government has decided to station one of its ADGPs at Chandigarh for setting up a separate mechanism for effective collection, collation and dissemination of intelligence and follow up action against suspects.  Acting on the report of the ADGP, the Secretary (GAD), Government of Himachal Pradesh has written a letter on August 8, 2011 to the Secretary (Home), Chandigarh Administration to provide residential accommodation to its senior most police officer out of general pool for the purpose.

But the estate office of Chandigarh Administration turned down the request on the plea that rules did not permit such accommodation placing at the disposal of Himachal Pradesh government. . Even former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has stated that the state was being denied its due share under the Punjab Reorganization Act 1966. The state was yet to get its share according to the ratio of population of Punjab that crossed over to Himachal Pradesh. Since 7.19 per cent Punjab population crossed over to Himachal Pradesh hence under the Act state was allowed to get 7.19 per cent share in the assets of Chandigarh.   

While talking to Rajinder Rana, Congress MLA from Sujanpur admitted that it had never been an election issue and added he had also raised this issue in state assembly. The government replied that matter was in active consideration. On the other, G.C. Dhadwal, president, the Himachal Pradesh Yuvak Parishad (Regd) told that the Chandigarh Administration Personnel Department had issued a letter No 15476 dated August 18, 1993 to all Administrative Secretaries, heads of department, offices of the UT Administration, regarding taking officers on deputation.  The said letter was mala fide and inspired by vested interest.

The letter had replaced the word ”Himachal” by the word “any other government.” The Chandigarh Administration has no power under the said Act to take such a major decision on its own without consulting the affected state. Such decision can only be taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He further stated that share of 7.19 per cent in Chandigarh was admissible for Himachal Administrative Service officers as per the notification No 10342-FII(X)-78/177046 dated October 5, 1978 issued by the Chandigarh Administration. The Administration had also brought the notice of the state government that the rightful share of the state has been discontinued by the Administration of its own without informing the state government.

The HAS Officers Association had also raised the issue and asked the state government to take it up with the Central Government for rightful share of HAS cadre in the Chandigarh Administration.

In March, 2013, then the chief minister Virbhadra Singh had assured the Parishad that the state government had taken up the matter vigorously with the Ministry and Chandigarh Administration but still the vexed issue hangs in balance and awaits the attention of politicians.

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