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October 17, 2018

India's Ministry of Home Affairs takes new decisions concerning Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh and conveys them to the Chandigarh Administration

Chandigarh, India

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Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure located at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind.” Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.

Chandigarh, India

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Photo: The Governor of Punjab & the Administrator of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore, calls on the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi, on October 14, 2018.

New Delhi, October 17, 2018 —

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken the following actions concerning the Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh:

• The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the UT/Chandigarh administration to make it optional for Sikh women to wear protective headgear when riding a two-wheeler or sitting on its pillion, as per the existing practice in Delhi.

• The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised the UT/ Chandigarh administration that in filling up civil posts, the ratio of 60:40 may be used as between Punjab and Haryana, wherever the administration is following it conventionally.

• Till further orders, the Ministry of Home Affairs is keeping in abeyance, its notification dated 25.09.2018, merging the posts of DSPs (Deputy Superintendents of Police) of Chandigarh Police with DANIPS.

[DANIPS stands for “Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service.” It is a federal police service in India, administering Delhi and the Union Territories of India. It was earlier called the Union Territories Police Service.]

Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in India that serves as the capital of the two neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab. It is not a part of either of the two. It is governed directly by the Union Government in New Delhi.

It is one of the early planned cities in post-independent India and is known for its architecture and urban design. Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier prepared the master plan of the town.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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