08042017-CT-01.qxd 4/8/2017 12:26 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 8 APRIL 2017 | chandigarh FEE HIKE: PARENTS MOVE SAKETRI MURDER: VICTIM’S KIN COURT AGAINST DPS Þ PAGE 2 DEMAND SIT PROBE Þ PAGE 2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SATURDAY DEGREE OF JOY 2 more fall prey to snatchers Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 7 Two snatching incidents have been reported from the city. While an unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreant snatched a purse on the road separating Sectors 21 and 34 on Thursday night, a mobile phone was snatched from a pedestrian at Dariya village. Sources said the complainant, Parminder Kaur, a resident of Phase IX, Mohali, reported that the accused riding a motorcycle sped away after snatching her purse containing a mobile phone, a WiFi device and Rs 200. According to the police, the complainant was driving a scooty while her mother was the pillion rider. The police said the complainant’s mother was holding the purse when it was snatched near the Continued on page 4 Þ PAGE 4 MAXIMUM YESTERDAY 34°C 33°C On fee hike, VC’s retort: No salary for 3 months Charu Chhibber Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 7 Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, has not received his salary for the past three months. He told this to students from various campus-based organisations, who were attending a meeting with him and other university officials here today. The VC made the statement when ABVP member Krishan Sheoran, one of the students protesting against the fee hike, questioned him as to how much his salary was. “File an RTI plea to know about that,” the VC said. He said his salary at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, and the PU was exactly the PU VC Arun Kumar Grover interacts with the faculty and students during a meeting on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: S CHANDAN University bandh on April 12 Various student organisations have called for a university bandh on April 12 in protest against the fee hike. same. Not a penny more, not a penny less, he said. Getting a bit emotional, Professor Grover said he had not received his salary for the past three months. “Everyone complains. The teachers com- c m y b plain when their salaries are delayed. The students complain when the fee is hiked. Who do I go and complain to?” asked the Vice-Chancellor in a poignant tone. Continued on page 4 MINIMUM 19°C 19.5°C SUNSET SUNRISE SATURDAY SUNDAY 6.45 PM 6.02 AM CAT quashes transfers, holds UT policy illegal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 7 In a relief to UT employees, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today quashed the transfers made by the Administration under its inter-department policy. CAT held the transfer policy illegal. Now, those already transferred will be reverted to their parent department. In May last year, 348 employees were transferred from one UT department to another. In January this year, 289 more were transferred in a similar fashion, triggering resentment among the employees, who moved the tribunal. In February, CAT ordered to maintain the status quo in the inter-department transfer of 82 employees. In their plea, the applicants stated that on January 31, 2017, the authorities concerned ordered these employees to be transferred Flashback ■ May 2015: Then UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki approved the policy. ■ May 2016: The UT Administration ordered the inter-depart- mental transfer of 348 employees with immediate effect. ■ June 2016: The transfers were challenged by a group of employees in CAT. ■ July 4, 2016: CAT issued a notice to the Administration to file a reply by July 4. ■ January 31, 2017: 289 more employees of various departments transferred. outside their cadres without their consent. It was mentioned that the transfer orders were against the cadre rules and the UT inter-department transfer policy, 2015, was “a mere administrative order”. The new policy was also not approved by the MHA. The Administration had earlier said the decision was taken to bring more transparency in publicdealing offices as many employees, especially those in the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation, had remained posted on particular posts for a long period in violation of the Central Vigilance Commission guidelines. This was for the first time in the history of the Administration that such largescale transfer orders were issued, affecting all categories of employees, including clerks, stenos, assistants, senior assistants and superintendents.
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