Multiple energy centres make official transfers a diversion of low-pitched chairs in Akhilesh’s UP

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by Vivek Avasthi

Lucknow: It was a comedy of errors of sorts when it came to transfers and postings of IAS and IPS officials in Uttar Pradesh this time around. On 20 September, a Akhilesh Yadav supervision effected a vital reshuffle involving over 60 IAS and IPS officers, usually forward of a presentation for Panchayat choosing in a state.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. APUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. AP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. AP

The same list also mentioned a send of SSP Noida Dr Preetinder Singh as a new SSP of Agra. On receipt of a send order, Singh soon altered to Agra to take adult his new posting. But on reaching Agra, he found that a obligatory SSP, Modak Rajesh D Rao, was reluctant to relinquish charge. A confused Dr Singh called adult a offices of a DGP and Home Secretary. He was told to wait.

Modak is pronounced to be tighten to a relations of a Samajwadi Party bigwig in Lucknow. As he had got some declaration from his domestic godfathers that he would not be moved, he stayed put. The former’s box was also allegedly energetically followed by an successful builder from a NCR with seductiveness in land in Agra.

It was after officials of a CM’s secretariat assured a bigwigs that a send could not be revoked given a indication formula of control had come into force that Singh took charge.

Somewhat retreat was a box in Kushi Nagar. Atul Sharma, a Superintendent of Police, was eliminated to 15th Battalion of PAC in Agra and Shiv Prasad Upadhyay was posted in his place. One run of a statute celebration in Kushi Nagar was in Sharma’s support while a antithesis coterie wanted a promotee (non-IPS) officer to be posted there as such an officer is ‘easy to handle’. Hectic parleys and lobbying finished in termination of Sharma’s transfer. This was conveyed by an central sequence antiquated 21 September.

Similar cases everywhere in a state famous to have mixed energy centres, any exerting vigour to get their group in a right places.

The State Election Commission (SEC) has lifted questions over a timing of a transfers and asked a Principal Secretary (Home) and Principal Secretary (Appointments) to emanate an explanation. Additional State Election Commissioner JP Singh pronounced that it has come to notice of a elect that comparison officers were eliminated after a presentation for Panchayat elections was released on 21 September, 2015.

The disharmony around a latest turn of reshuffle creates it clear that a infancy of tip executive and military officials in a state are some-more than well-connected to one energy centre or a other, creation it intensely formidable for a administration to make them tumble in one singular line. It also lends faith to a long-standing allegations of antithesis parties that Uttar Pradesh is not being run by one arch minister.

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Transfer and posting process of a supervision has invited critique given many years now. The dual parties that have ruled a state for a vital partial of a final 15-odd years are a Samajwadi Party and a Bahujan Samaj Party. When in power, both parties have indulged in capricious transfers from executive and military circles.

There are dual sets of officers in a state, one overdue devotion to a Samajwadi Party and a other to a BSP. Whichever celebration forms a government, a blue-eyed boys get plum postings; a others distortion in wait in considerate ones.

Some comparison and absolute officials of a earlier Mayawati supervision had to face a song after a change in government. All absolute Principal Secretary (Home) and Principal Secretary (Appointments) of a prior supervision Kunwar Fateh Bahadur was shunted to Religious Affairs Department as Principal Secretary. Another favourite officer of Mayawati was a DGP of a state, Brij Lal. Just before public elections, he was posted as DG PAC by a Election Commission. The Samajwadi Party supervision done him serve irrelevant by posting him as Director General of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Academy, Muradabad from where he retired.

In Uttar Pradesh, this is partial of a diversion that does not warn anyone. But of late, a third category of smarter bureaucrats has emerged. It all started with Panna Lal Punia, a 1970 Batch IAS officer. He was Principal Secretary to Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1993. It astounded many when Mayawati became a arch apportion in 1995 and defended him in a same position. She reposed faith in Punia by appointing him to a same post in 1997 and 2002.

Another instance is a 1988 collection IAS officer Navneet Sehgal, who was ostensible to be really tighten to Mayawati. He was afterwards not usually secretary to a arch apportion yet also hold mixed other essential charges. In 2012, when Akhilesh Yadav came into power, Sehgal was posted in Revenue Board and after done Principal Secretary of Religious Affairs department, both ostensible to be punishment postings. But in Feb 2014, he was behind in favour. He was given a essential post of Principal Secretary (Information).

Questions have been lifted any now and afterwards on a haphazard send process of a UP government. The state supervision has vehemently against a order for a smallest reign of dual years in a sold posting for IAS and IPS officers. On an average, an officer portion in a state is eliminated during slightest dual to 3 times a year, yet there are certain apparent exceptions.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had in Jan 2015 told a amendments in IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) cadre rules, providing a smallest of dual years’ reign in any posting. It has been a prolonged station direct of bureaucrats too. But in UP it is frequency adhered to.

The emanate was hotly debated after a cessation of IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal in 2013. She had been placed underneath cessation reportedly after she had taken on a silt mafia handling illegally in Greater Noida. Nothing has altered ever since.