Public hearing session with Administrator held after over 2 months, 8 applicants turn up

The UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Monday finally held his first public hearing session of this year, with eight out of ten applicants turning up for the session. Significantly the session was held after a gap of two and a half months.

The Administration officials had received 19 applications in all, out of which ten were finally cleared to be allowed in the session held on Monday.

However, even those applications which were allowed to be put up before the UT Administrator were only pertaining to property disputes or allotment of houses on compassionate grounds.

Apparently, not satisfied with the process of scrutiny of the applicants, the UT Administrator asked the officials to put a more efficient system in place in order to allow only those applications which are well within the administrative jurisdiction and not property disputes or domestic issues for which the courts are there, confirmed an official.

Sources say that the UT Administration was mulling over having a system similar to what is being followed at the Raj Bhawan for the applicants who to come to meet him there after a thorough scrutiny.

Meanwhile, one of the applicants, Naresh Kumar Sharma, came with a request for grant of pension to retired and serving employees of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). To this the Administrator said that CHB is an independent body and if they have the requisite funds to cater to the needs of its presently serving and retired employees then the Administration will certainly accord its approval.

In another complaint, Mohinder Singh Sangwan requested the conducting of an inquiry and sought directions to the SHO of the Sector 34 police station to lodge an FIR against the Nirvana Co-op House Building Society and the officials of Co-op Societies, Chandigarh Administration for illegal approval of draw of lots of the houses to the members of the society.

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