August 18, 2018 08:13 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday mourned the demise of former state Chief Secretary Hardev Singh Chhina (98).

Hardev Singh Chhina was married to Naresh Inder Kumari in 1940, the daughter of Raja Birinder Singh of Patiala, the step younger brother of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, who was the grandfather of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Chhina is survived by a son Paramdev Singh Chhina, the former Additional Advocate General of Punjab, and four daughters Guninder Kaur, Parveen Kaur, Jatinder Kaur and Neenu Manshahia.

In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described Chhina as an able administrator, a distinguished civil servant and a gentleman bureaucrat. Sharing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family, relatives and friends, the Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty to give them courage to bear the huge loss and to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.

He was an Alumni of the prestigious Aitchison College , Lahore. 

After serving in the Patiala State, the 1950 batch IAS officer had served with dedication and professional commitment on various key posts, including Commissioner of the Punjab Hill Area, and administrator of Tripuri and Rajpura township in the undivided Punjab, besides Secretary Vigilance, Chairman Punjab Financial Corporation, Financial Commissioner Revenue and Finance Secretary, before his elevation as Chief Secretary in 1974 – a post on which he served till 1977. 

According to family sources, the cremation will take place on August 20 (Monday) at 4:00 pm in the Sector -25 cremation ground, Chandigarh.

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