GoI takes strong note of JK govt’s patronage to transfer policy

GoI takes strong note of JK govt’s patronage to transfer policy

New Delhi: The Union government has taken a strong note of the PDP-BJP government’s patronage to the “transfer industry” in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is soon going to convey to the Jammu and Kashmir Government that this was “ruining the system and governance in Jammu and Kashmir”, said sources. The matter is under scanner in the Prime Minister’s Office, they said.
The union government has received serious complaints about the way frequent transfers were taking place in the state administration and the police department “for political and monetary considerations”. It was supplied with a list of various officers who were transferred three or four times in a year and others who have been retained because of the monetary considerations, reports quoting sources said.
The sources said that the top leadership at the Centre was worried about the adverse impact of such happenings in a sensitive state like Jammu and Kashmir for it was hurting the reputation of the Narendra Modi government, which claims to be committed to fair and transparent governance.
Ever since this government has come to power, more than 2,000 officials in the civil administration and police have changed places, some orders were changed within 24 hours of their previous orders of posting.
A senior officer said officers were uncertain about their tenure, unless they have political connections or money power. Some senior officers were transferred after they refused to allow encroachments and violation of construction rules in environmentally-sensitive places like Gulmarg.
“There also is a problem with the working of the government as it changes its mind about the suitability of officers for key posts within days,” the officer alleged.
A general complaint is that there is political pressure at all stages and some unauthorised persons were calling the shots in the working of the government.