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Chief Secretary told to probe transfers in minister’s absence


Chief Secretary told to probe transfers in minister’s absence

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10

Taking a note of large-scale transfers effected by local government officials in the absence of Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra, who was hospitalised for three weeks, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has directed Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh to probe the matter.

The development came days after a demi official letter written by the Local Government Minister to the CM, stating that the transfers were illegal and unethical. It said the transfers indicated lack of respect for the norms and violated the standing orders.

The transfer orders/additional posting of nearly 250 officials were issued on September 9, 11, 20, 27 and October 1.

The rules of business under the standing orders specify the powers vested in the CM, the minister incharge and the administrative secretary regarding various decisions within the department, including transfers.

After the Congress came to power in 2017 and Navjot Singh Sidhu took over as the Local Government Minister, the standing orders clearly mention that the minister incharge is the competent authority in case of transfers of category A and B officers. Mohindra followed the standing orders of his predecessor. Even in the previous SAD-BJP government, the competent authority for such matters was the minister.

As per the rule book, the minister’s notes are routed to the Director through the Principal Secretary, Local Government, before the orders are issued by the Director, Local Government. Depending upon the rank of the officer, the directorate, while giving additional charge of other station, besides the place of posting, has to take orders from the minister or the administrative secretary.

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