The Union minister made the announcement after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for a slew of projects by the Chandigarh Police. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement that employees of the Chandigarh Union Territory administration will have the same benefits as central government employees has had the political parties in Punjab — the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the opposition Akali Dal and Congress — up in arms.
They allege that it dilutes Punjab’s claim on Chandigarh and is against the spirit of federalism. AAP alleged it was a panic reaction by the BJP after its big victory in the state.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Shah said the service conditions of employees of the Chandigarh UT administration will be aligned with those of the central civil services, which will increase their retirement age and allow more child care leave for women.
Declaring that the employees are going to “benefit in a big way,” Mr. Shah said, “the retirement age of employees in the Union Territory will now go up from 58 to 60 years.” Women employees will now get child care leave for two years instead of the current one year.
Inaugurating a slew of projects by the Chandigarh Police, Mr. Shah made the announcement, saying it was a “long-pending demand of employees of the Chandigarh administration.”
“Today, the Modi government has made a big decision… From tomorrow, a notification will be issued, and from the upcoming financial year (April 1) you will get the benefit, “Mr. Shah said.
While there was no reaction from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann or his ministers, senior AAP leader, and Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the BJP is “scared” of the rise of AAP.
“From 2017 to 2022, Congress-ruled Punjab. Amit Shah didn’t take away Chandigarh’s powers then. As soon as AAP formed the government in Punjab, Amit Shah took away Chandigarh’s services, “Mr. Sisodia tweeted.
AAP had earlier accused the Centre of attempting to control the bureaucrats in Delhi. The matter is pending in the Supreme court.
In a tweet, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Daljit Singh Cheema said, “MOH’s (Ministry of Home Affairs) decision to impose central government rules on employees of Chandigarh is in violation of the spirit of the Punjab Reorg (Reorganisation) Act and must be reconsidered.”