Hailing the notification issued by DoPT, Govt of India imposing restrictions on frequent transfers of Civil Servants, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister has sought strict enforcement of the new set of rules in J&K so as to insulate bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to whimsical transfers of such officers by the political bosses.
He said the newly notified Indian Administrative Service (cadre) second Amendment Rules 2016 requiring the constitution of Civil Services Board at centre and state level for transfer of civil servants and the necessity of recording reasons for pre-mature transfers shall go a long way in ensuring transparency and accountability in the system of governance, if implemented in proper perspective.
He said that it was appreciable that the new rules restrained even the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers to make pre mature transfers of such Civil Servants without recording in writing the reasons thereof.
He called upon the DoPT to ensure strict implementation of the newly notified policy and to take further cognizance of the most reckless defiance of the transfer norms by the helmsmen in the state of J&K where the mechanism of transfers is plagued by the menace of favoritism, corruption, nepotism, extraneous and other considerations with no regard to individual’s suitability or efficiency for the prescribed job.
Singh further said that the RTI reply had revealed several hundreds of pre-mature transfers having been made only at gazetted level in the said departments during the year 2015-16, in violation of stipulated norms and the transfer policy announced by the GAD.
He said that several of such transfers of gazette officers in the said deptts had been made despite having stay of 2 to 3 months as revealed in the RTI reply. He further said that simple orders had been issued for such pre mature transfers in all of the said cases without recording reasons for such pre mature transfers as envisaged in the Transfer policy.