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Bowing to employees’ pressure, Chandigarh to reverse transfer orders

Administration considering shifting back around 10 per cent employees.

UNDER PRESSURE from employees’ union, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to reverse transfer orders of some of the employees, who were shifted to different departments under the inter-department transfer policy.

The administration had implemented newly framed inter-department transfer policy on May 10 by shifting a total of 348 employees in different departments. A total of 26 superintendents, 140 senior assistants, 13 senior scale stenos, 138 junior assistants and 31 stenos were transferred. Of 348, as many as 167 were transferred for the first time.

The move raised a hue and cry among the employees. The transfers were challenged by a group of employees in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which issued a notice to the administration to file its reply by July 4.

The personnel department has been flooded with representations from employees, especially those transferred from education department to estate office, for reversal of orders.

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Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, UT secretary (personnel) K K Jindal said that they had received several representations and it had been decided to roll back the transfer orders of employees who are deployed in personal staff of senior officials, those who are about to retire and whose promotions are due. “Around 10 per cent employees, who were transferred, fall under these categories,” he said, adding that the purpose of transfers was to streamline functioning of departments and not to cause inconvenience to anyone.

However, the department is ready with a list of around 150 employees who are to be transferred in the second lot.

Rakesh Kumar, convener of Co-ordination Committee of Government and MC Employees and Workers, said that the transfers were not properly planned and lacked transparency. “No criteria were followed while transferring employees,” said Rakesh Kumar.

As per the policy, the secretary (personnel) is the competent authority to order inter-departmental transfers of Group A and B officers while the special secretary (personnel) has been given the authority for the transfers of group C and D officials.

The policy, under which group A to D employees will be regularly reshuffled among various departments, has been framed with an aim to bring transparency, and check red tape and ineffective functioning of different departments.

Clerical and technical staff of boards/corporations/societies such as the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh Housing Board, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), and Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation are not covered under the newly framed transfer policy.