Srinagar: In violation of transfer policy, a number of employees in rural development department are overstaying the maximum time period that insiders say has brought “culture of corruption” in the department.
A source within the department said that a good section of its employees have crossed the maximum staying period and because of help from “influential persons” nobody is daring to transfer these employees.
He says that these officials have created a “culture of corruption” in the department as they have been able to make “good relations” with outsiders like contractors who in exchange of some amount or other gifts lure these officials to get their work done on priority.
“Even few of them (overstaying officials) have established their cabins as if they are here for lifetime. Everything is done either by bribing secretly or references from some influential persons including from politicians. In return, these officials have also adopted the culture of corrupting outsiders,” he says.
As per the transfer policy, minimum tenure of a government employee on a post should be two years and a maximum of three years. While government has been time to time violating said norms either through pre-mature transfers or overstaying employees in many other departments.
Citing these reasons, a circular was issued by directorate of rural development department on May 4, wherein it was ordered that all those employees who had more than two years of stay at particular place shall be transferred within a weeks’ time.
Director rural development department Kashmir, Gazanfar Ali told Kashmir Reader that their department was forced to issue a circular after they observed that few employees were overstaying the maximum time-period.
“We have issued strict directions to all the concerned officials to immediately transfer these employees, failing which a tough action would be taken against the violators,” Ali said.
He said that transfer policy is aimed to prevent employees from misusing their official positions but few of them still find a “way to bypass” the established norms to get many years of staying period.
“It is prevalent in every department that some blue-eyed persons with the help of some influential misuse their official positions. Transfer policy is to bring transparency and its violators should be delt with very tough,” says Ali.