Bright beginning but not many bright spots
While the decision was good news bringing with it hopes of better and efficient governance, it, however, triggered a cadre war between officials of Punjab, Haryana and those of the AGMUT cadre serving in the Administration.
So much so, that till date, only one additional secretary post has been filled while three of the key posts continue to lie vacant. It even led to the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana intervening and taking up the matter with the then home minister.
Finally, when there appeared threats to the 60:40 ratio of Punjab and Haryana officers serving in UT, the then Home Minister P Chidambaram wrote to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that the ratio will be respected and adhered to.
The biggest blow to the UT Administration, however, came when the Supreme Court quashed the land acquisition for the IT Park phase III. The Administration had acquired the land after paying a paltry compensation to farmers, a section of whom then approached the apex court.
Not only was the UT Administration told to return the land, measuring 272 acres, but the court also took the then UT
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