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Frequent transfer of officials affecting depts’ functioning

Panaji: The frequent transfer of senior officials from the key departments by the government has become a topic of discussions at the bureaucratic level as it has been affecting the smooth functioning of the departments.

Sources said that in the absence of proper transfer policy in place, the officers are being transferred frequently, and as a result it affects the functioning of the departments.

A senior official, who does not want to come on record, admitted that in order to stabilise any department, the government must see that the head of the department continues to be in the post for at least a year or two.

“When you (government) transfer officers, especially, head of the departments frequently or at short intervals it becomes difficult for the department concerned to perform and also to carry on with the new initiatives. Basically, at least upright and competent officers should be there in one department for reasonable period of time so that some major issues can be resolved on a priority,” he explained.

The recent transfer of the officers belonging to the senior civil service has not gone well at the bureaucratic level although it is a right of the government to take call on the matter.

There are some key departments like mines and geology, education, information technology, finance, revenue, panchayats, social welfare, etc which require overhaul and for that the government must ensure competent officers are posted as their heads, the sources further said.

The sources also revealed that the Chief Secretary, who is also a part of high level committee, which looks after transfer of the officers, has told some senior officials when they pointed out about the matter that everything was not in his hand.

It is learnt that for the last many years most of the transfer of officers is being done on the instructions of politicians rather than performance or competency of the officers.

Speaking to this reporter, a retired civil service officer said that the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also holds the personnel portfolio and he should take extra care while transferring officers so that major issues are resolved in a time-bound manner and the performance of his government is improved.

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