Channi come to rescue of officials in NOC case

Chandigarh, January 20: Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has come to the rescue of officials in the department whose role had been under the scanner for allegedly trying to give undue benefit to a private university.

The department officials had issued a no objection certificate (NOC) to change the affiliating authority of Chandigarh Polytechnic College, Gharuan, from the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training to Chandigarh University, Gharuan, under the stamp of Principal Secretary, Technical Education, without the latter’s knowledge.

Sources said certain department officials issued an NOC under the stamp of Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, without his knowledge, prompting Verma to withdraw the permission and seek explanation from the officials concerned.

A dissent note written by the then Secretary, Technical Education, DK Tewari, proposing the minister to withdraw his consent given on the official file to issue the NOC, had gone missing from official record. Tewari had pointed out that while taking the minister’s consent, the Board had not been taken in the loop.

The Secretary had sought the registration of an FIR in the eventuality of the official record not being traced.

Subsequently, Anurag Verma, after nod from the minister, had curtailed the powers of the then Special Secretary-cum-Director Parveen Thind and had also ordered that files of the department be routed to him through the Under Secretary, bypassing Thind, who had clarified to the government that the NOC had been issued after seeking Channi’s approval. Thind has been already transferred out of the department.

Channi after listening to Parveen Thind and DK Tewari concluded in his orders that, “It is not necessary that the official note had been torn or removed. It could have fallen also. The matter of NOC has ended as it has already been withdrawn. Moreover, there is no financial loss to the government.”

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