Modi govt transfers 22 babus ahead of Lok Sabha polls

In a pre-poll exercise,the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday effected a major reshuffle of junior-level IAS officers,most of them collectors and DDOs. As many as 22 officers were transferred.

Written by BASHIR PATHAN | Gandhinagar | Published: February 12, 2009 2:06:19 am

In a pre-poll exercise,the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday effected a major reshuffle of junior-level IAS officers,most of them collectors and DDOs. As many as 22 officers were transferred.

The government,however,continues to ignore the fact that about half-a-dozen key departments in the Secretariat have been lying headless for long,awaiting the vacant slots to be filled up.

The inordinate delay on the part of the government to appoint senior IAS officers to head these vital departments has apparently affected their day-to-day functioning. The senior officers,who are already burdened with their own assignments,continue to hold additional charge of these departments.

Among the key departments functioning without their regular heads include the State Urban Development,Social Justice and Empowerment and General Administration Department (GAD). Even important government agencies like the State Civil Supplies Corporation,Industrial Extension Bureau (IndextB),Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) and the State Warehousing Corporation are functioning on additional charge.

Principal Secretary (Labour and Employment) R M Patel holds additional charge of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department after 1975 batch IAS officer J S Rana quit the civil services last June.

Another PS (Home) Balwant Singh continues to shoulder the additional burden of GAD since October 1 when K George Joseph was shifted to the Gujarat Civil Services Tribunal. Urban Development is another key department lying headless since the day S R Rao,a 1978 batch IAS officer,left it to go on Central deputation. PS (Revenue) P Panneervel has been holding additional charge of this department since then.

Even the post of Secretary (Expenditure) in the Finance Department is not being filled up after incumbent G P Joshi resigned from the civil services recently.

Strangely,even as the government is delaying the appointment of senior IAS officers as heads of these departments,it has packed the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) with as many as five babus.

“This is a classic case of disproportionate posting and cadre mismanagement,” said a senior official,adding,“One fails to understand why the government has posted so many babus in the SSNNL when work on the Narmada dam is almost over. Their services are most needed in the key departments lying headless for so long.”

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