Appointments of Pune deputy collectors: Confusion prevails over transfer orders

The orders were issued as per the norms under transfer rules and rules of the Election Commission.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 19, 2016 4:51 am

In a bizarre chain of events over appointments in the Pune division for the rank of deputy collectors, the state government issued orders for transfer of officers and recalled them within hours.

The orders were issued as per the norms under transfer rules and rules of the Election Commission. The officers who have served three years have to be transferred to another district or those in the home district who have completed three years are transferred to another district.

However, on September 15 even as the orders were issued for certain officers, some officers who were marked for other districts got to continue in the same home district.

The orders are issued by the government from the office of the principal secretary. Government officers have expressed their unrest over the “change in transfer orders in hours” and questioned the transparency of the process.

The orders issued had Food Distribution officer of Pune Jyoti Kadam appointed as Resident Deputy Collector, Kolhapur, and within a few hours, a fresh order was issued where she was made Sub Divisional Officer (SDO), Haveli. This post was earlier allotted to Satara resident deputy collector Sanjeev Deshmukh who had taken charge already. However, within 24 hours, fresh orders were again issued for these changes.

The earlier order had stated Solapur food distribution officer Dinesh Bhaldar as the new FDO and this order was again taken back and another officer from Solapur, Shahaji Pawar, was appointed to that post.

“These orders which are issued and re-issued definitely raises a question on how and why it is done,’’ said a senior official. Senior officials from the mantralaya maintained that it is the “government’s decision” and steered clear of commenting on the issue.

The other transfer orders that have come for Pune have Harshlata Gedam as ULC deputy collector. Daund SDO Sameer Shingate has been transferred to Ichalkaranji SDO while Satara rehabilitation officer Sanjay Asawale has been made SDO Daund-Purandar.