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Will protest if Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act is revoked: Anna Hazare

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - 7:23pm IST | Place: Ralegan Siddhi | Agency: ANI

Veteran anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday warned the Maharashtra Government against revoking the Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act 2006, and said he will start a statewide campaign if the law is scrapped.

“Ten years back, there used to be corruption in the transfer procedure of government officers. The officers were transferred on the whims and fancies of ministers. This practice was an injustice done to honest officers. We had a protested against this, and it lasted eight years,” said Anna Hazare.

The Maharashtra Government in 2006 passed the Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act which mandates that an officer cannot be transferred no sooner and no later than three years, except in an emergency or in exceptional circumstances.

“We demanded that a law should be made according to which, an officer will only be transferred after completing three years in service. The Maharashtra Government issued a law in 2006 in this respect. Now, there is no injustice done to honest officers,” Hazare added.

“Just now we got to know that some ministers want to reenact this law. They are demanding that the transfer should rest with ministers. We have issued a letter that if this law is repealed, then we will start a statewide movement against this. After a long movement, this law was established, and now, they are coming back on the same track,” said Hazare.

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