Congress general secretary and former Union minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday requested Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to put in place a transparent transfer and posting policy.
In a letter to Jung, Maken stated, “Arbitrary postings and transfer of government officials in any grade are influenced by considerations other than the capacity to effectively deliver… which result in a set-up that is characterised by corruption and general apathy towards people.”
Maken’s letter to Jung comes two days before his fate as a Congress MP from the New Delhi constituency is tested on May 16 when the general election results will be announced.
According to Maken, he wished to draw the Lt-Governor’s attention towards “a basic malice that has been plaguing efficient and accountable administration”.
“Basic tenets like fixed tenure, ability to perform and concurrent performance evaluation during the tenure should lie at the base of any such policy,” Maken wrote.
The Congress general secretary also lauded Jung’s efforts in streamlining bureaucratic functioning and said that departments and agencies that affect people’s lives and primarily involve public dealings need positive interventions at the earliest.
“The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), departments of Value Added Taxes (VAT), excise, food and civil supplies, weights and measures, transport and revenue, etc., need a rational performance-based and people-centric transfers… as it is in these departments where common people at large face the most harassment,” Maken said in his letter.