With Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) secretary MM Sabharwal taking over the charge of the additional charge of director, UT Museum and Art Gallery on Monday, UT administration has gone in for a bureaucrat rather than an expert for a technical post.
Former principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture, Rajnish Wattas, was tipped as one possible candidate for the post. His proposal to combine the post with that of Le Corbusier Centre's nodal officer has also been shot down by the authorities.
The UT administration had requested Wattas to take over the reins of the world famous Le Corbusier Centre as he was considered technically qualified. At that time, Wattas had submitted a written proposal suggesting that he can assume the charge only if both the posts of museum director and Corbusier Centre' nodal officer are offered to streamline the process.
Wattas had given the example of VN Singh who himself before taking up the assignment had held the post of museum director for years. "Singh had enough experience of handling both post as he had earlier been the principal of Government Arts College," Wattas said in his representation.
However, criticizing the move, former CCA principal SS Bhatti said, "It has been wrong on the part of the administration to continue giving additional charge to a bureaucrat after the retirement of earlier incumbent. The post of museum director must be given to a senior expert who can look after the place in a better way," insisted Bhatti.Though, Bhatti was not favour of combining the two posts of museum director and Le Corbusier Centre nodal officer, saying, "Both the posts have different responsibilities and ways so each post should be given only one individual so that justice can be done to both. I am also in favour of increasing the remunerations and perks of the nodal officer." A senior UT tourism official said, "We can not afford to provide more remunerations and other facilities. Though we have not been able to find a suitable nodal officer for the Corbusier Centre as yet. Efforts are on to advertise the post once again."