Govt flouts transfer policy as officers overstay, get premature transfers

State government has brazenly flouted its transfer policy by retaining officers at particular posts for more than the mandatory two year time while transferring others within days of their postings.  

According to officials the premature transfers have been common in all the government departments including police and civil secretariat. In the education department particularly the transfer orders have been modified within days of being issued. 

In a  recent order issued by the Director Rural Development, Gazanfar Ali, earlier this month, he has noted that many of the officers are serving for longer duration in the districts  than the  two year time after which officials are required to be transferred as per government’s transfer policy.

 As per the order issued by the Director it has been noted that the District Level Officers are not following the instructions of the transfer policy which have been circulated by the General Administration department (GAD).

Drawing reference to that policy, he has observed that it envisages that the officers serving at a particular place for more than two years have to be transferred. “It has been observed that the district level officers don’t follow the instructions of transfer policy circulated by the general administration department under government order no 861-GAD of 2010 dated 28 July 2010 wherein it has been ordered that all the employees having more than two years of stay at a particular place shall be transferred,’’ read the order issued by the Rural Development department earlier this month.

“It is as such impressed upon all the district officers to effect transfer of all employees (both Ministerial and executive) under their jurisdiction and submit compliance report to the Directorate.’’ The Rural Development department has warned strict action in case of laxity by officers in the making the transfers.

State government has resorted to nepotism and has even modified the transfer orders even within days of being issued. In its order dated 8 May the general administration department directed that it was transferring M. Raju, IAS, Special Secretary Finance department as Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation.  The order came within days of appointment of Simrandeep Singh, IAS, as Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation who was directed to await orders of posting in the GAD. Earlier in the order dated 28 April, government had directed that Manmohan Singh, KAS, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, was transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Housing Board, replacing Vipra Bhal, who was transferred and posted as Controller, Legal Metrology department. It was further ordered that Simrandeep Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation, replacing Manmohan Singh.

 Government also modified its order no 555-GAD of 2017 dated 28 April 2017 under which Shaleen Kabra, IAS, who was posted as Chairman J&K Special Tribunal was transferred as Principal Secretary Labour and Employment department.

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