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CM intervenes, 5 IAS transfers put on hold

The Centre on Tuesday agreed to modify transfer orders of senior Delhi government officers, after chief minister Sheila Dikshit persuaded home minister P Chidambaram.

delhi Updated: Feb 16, 2011 00:09 IST
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The Centre on Tuesday agreed to modify transfer orders of senior Delhi government officers, after chief minister Sheila Dikshit persuaded home minister P Chidambaram.

After her meeting with the home minister, Dikshit told reporters that the issue has been “sorted out”.

However, she refused to answer whether the Home Ministry would revoke the transfers.

Government sources said the home ministry had agreed to put on hold orders for three officers, including transport secretary Rajani Kant Verma and Delhi Jal Board chief executive officer Ramesh Negi.

However, Public Works Department secretary KK Sharma and trade and taxes commissioner Jalaj Shrivastava would be on their way out. “Sharma would be relieved immediately, while Shrivastava would be relieved after the Delhi budget,” a source said.

“The other officers are being given some time. They would eventually go — in three-four months,” said a source privy to the meeting.

A home ministry official said this would be possible since all transfer orders were not to come into force with immediate effect.

“We did not want the transfers to come as a surprise after the academic session has started,” a home ministry official said. “It would enable them to make the necessary arrangements for relocation,” the official added.

While Sharma is being sent to Chandigarh as advisor to the administrator, Shrivastava has been transferred to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Interestingly, before the Commonwealth Games, Dikshit had handpicked all five officers, who got their transfer orders last Friday.

“These five officers were in her scheme of things during the run-up to the Commonwealth Games and she had asked especially asked the central government for these officers,” sources said.

Dikhsit reportedly argued with the home minister that none of these officers had completed four years in Delhi and their transfer at this stage — when the state was preparing its budget — was “illogical”.

According to sources, Dikshit was unhappy with sudden transfer of these officers by the home ministry “without even consulting the chief minister”.

The list of transfers issued by the home ministry last Friday also included names of three officers to Delhi — Nutan Guha Biswas, Satya Gopal and Ved Prakash. All three are currently posted in other states.