The Home Ministry on Friday termed apprehension expressed by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal unfounded a day after he requested Home Minister Amit Shah to review the Union government's decision to appoint a full-fledged administrator for Chandigarh by divesting the Punjab governor of the charge.
Home Ministry spokesperson on Friday clarified in a series of tweets that the Union Government has not taken any decision of divesting Punjab Governor of this responsibility of Chandigarh Administrator; and, neither is any such proposal under contemplation.
It is also clarified that Sukhbir Singh Badal has not raised this issue with the Union Home Minister.
On Thursday, Badal termed this as another attempt to "dilute" Punjab's claim to its capital city during his meeting with the home minister on Wednesday evening.
Presently, the Punjab governor also holds the charge of the Chandigarh administrator.
The SAD president said Chandigarh was an inseparable part of Punjab and should be transferred to the parent state as soon as possible.
Badal conveyed to the minister that there was no reason to appoint a full-fledged administrator for the union territory from outside the state.
"If at all an administrator has to be appointed till such time the union territory is not transferred to Punjab, the officer should be from the parent state. Earlier also the chief commissioner of Chandigarh used to be from Punjab," said Badal in a statement.
Badal told the home minister that all decisions taken at the time of reorganisation of Punjab are being "violated" one after another. He said the Centre was not following the 60:40 ratio for posting of officers in the union territory.
"Separate cadres have been created to reduce the strength of Punjab service officers in the union territory and now even AGMUT officers are being posted on key posts in utter violation of the 60:40 formula," he stated.