With the aim of satisfying disgruntled legislators from the ruling party, the state government on Wednesday issued a government order (GO) setting guidelines for the transfer of government employees.
The new order, however, does not include officials within the police department or government teachers.
The department of public administration and reforms, after the necessary approval from chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, on Wednesday, issued the official order for general transfers from May 1 to May 31, 2011.
It has been observed in the past that politicians, especially those belonging to the ruling party, use transfers of government employees as a means to get money; powers are often abused, and bribes sought as ministers and MLAs use discretionary powers to manipulate transfers of government employees.
Wednesday’s government order, however, does not include the transfers within the police department or the process of posting government teachers to different schools. While transfer in the police department would be conducted on the basis of the recommendations of the board within the department, the teachers’ transfer will continue to be conducted through counselling.
All other government employees under the A, B, C and D divisions will have their transfers conducted under the new guidelines. The transfers will be conducted with the aim of providing efficiency in administration, and to fill up vacant posts. Priority will be accorded to meeting the preferences of couples working in different departments of the state government posted at different locations, and those on the verge of retirement.
All transfer decisions would be taken on the basis of recommendations from the relevant authorities. For transfer of officials in the A and B divisions, ministerial approval is necessary.
The government order also provides that health-related transfer requests be taken up on priority. Chairman of the Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association (KSGEA), L Byrappa, said, “We welcome the government order; but it is necessary that the guidelines be strictly followed. But it is also necessary that all transfers accord with the guidelines set, otherwise the whole process will just turn out to be one big commercial venture. The department should consider the requests of the employees and transfer them. And the transfer season should not continue after May.”
Admitting the fact that general transfers lead to corruption and favouritism, Byrappa said that it was precisely because of corruption in the system that the association had been demanding that the state government come out with separate legislation on the transfer of government employees. He added that the transfers within the police and education departments had now gained a great deal of transparency, and other state departments ought to follow suit.