The Punjab government today issued its policy for general transfers and postings of government officials from 2012 to 2013. A government spokesman said that transfers would be effected from June 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012.
The spokesman said that transfers would be kept to the barest minimum and made against vacant posts, except where transfers were justified on administrative or compassionate grounds.
He also said that both gazetted and non-gazetted employees due to retire within the next two years would be allowed to continue in the same district or at the same station of postings till retirement as far as possible.
He said that when both husband and wife were serving the government, it was desirable to keep them at one station for a period of not more than five years, after which they would be transferred as per the policy.
Even in cases where a woman was in government service and her husband working in private undertaking, the same system would be adopted. However, efforts would be made to post unmarried girls and widows at stations suitable to them as far as possible.
The spokesman further said that to mitigate the suffering of handicapped and visually-challenged employees, the state government would be considerate in transferring and posting them.
Sympathetic attitude would be adopted while posting or transferring a government employee or officers whose child was mentally-challenged and efforts would be made to post them at the place of their choice.
He said that a stay of three and five years would be treated as minimum and maximum period, respectively, at a particular place of posting.
Similarly, for employees transferable within the state, particularly Group A and B officers, no employee would be allowed to serve in one district beyond a period of seven years within particular office.
Seats entailing sensitive work such as extensive public dealings, establishment, monetary sanctions etc would be clearly defined and maximum stay would be kept at two years.
The employees or officers posted in border, bet and kandi areas would remain there for a minimum period of two years, he added.
The spokesman said that generally mid-term transfers would be completely banned but posts vacated due to suspension, resignation, dismissal, deputation, promotion or death of employee would be filled by administrative department on their own.
He said that to transfer employees working under corporations/boards and autonomous bodies, approval of administrative secretary concerned would be needed.