I&B Ministry transfers leave Indian Information Service cadre jittery

 

New Delhi: In a major shake-up that began in November 2017, 155 Indian Information Service officials have been transferred out of their current posts.
The rejig was initiated three months after July’s Cabinet reshuffle which saw Smriti Irani taking charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). Sources claim that the sheer number of transfers is unprecedented.
What is unique about the exercise is that Ms. Irani has been meeting officials and personally intimating them of the decision. “Those who are to be transferred are told by the Minister herself. If they have any issues, they can convey it directly to her,” a senior Ministry official said.
The highest number of transfers on a given day was on February 7, when 48 officers were transferred.