The Planning Commission of India envisaged the idea of a separate planning body for every State/UT in India to promote all round development. After continuous emphasis on the planning machinery by the Planning Commission, the work related to formulation of Annual Five Plans of U.T., Chandigarh was given to the specialized newly set up Planning & Evaluation Organization ,Finance Department, Chandigarh Administration. The Planning Commission of India emphasized time and again on the strengthening of Planning Machinery for proper implementation and monitoring of schemes included in the Annual Plans so that the outlay earmarked in the Annual Plans were fully utilized with the achievement of targets envisaged under each scheme.After the reorganization of the erstwhile State of Punjab in 1966, this function was attended to by the ‘Accounts Branch’ of Finance Department. Later in 1976, this function was entrusted to the ‘Planning and Statistical Cell’. A need was felt to have a specialized organization which can cater exclusively to the above said task.

Accordingly an organization was set up under the caption of “Planning and Evaluation Organization, Finance Department, Chandigarh Administration” with the approval of GOI, Planning Commission, consisting of :-

S. No. Description No. of posts
1. Finance and Planning Officer (1)
2. Planning Officer (1)
3. Assistant Research Officer (1)
4. Statistical Assistant (2)
5. Clerk (3)
6. Steno-Typist (1)
7. Restorer Gestetner Operator (1)

Ever since 1982-83, this function has been carried out by the PEO and as on today this Department has swelled to 7 posts in the department with additional post of one ARO, one Statistical Assistant and one Restorer-cum-Gestetner as the quantum of work increased manifold. Besides, F&PO (Finance and Planning Officer) acts as Head of Office ex-officio and the SSF (Special Secretary Finance) / JSF (Joint Secretary Finance) as Head of Department in new PEO. Certain new schemes and projects came under the ambit of PEO recently for implementation in Chandigarh as well as monitoring of various schemes like PM Flagship schemes, DBT schemes, GeM and PFMS. 

Last updated on: August 30, 2022