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Minister, senior officials lock horns

india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 01:25 IST

A ROW has erupted in the Homeguards department over the posting of all 525 newly appointed Class Four employees in Kushinagar and Deoria districts. While the Minister for Homeguards Brahma Shankar Tripathi has reportedly been pressuring the headquarters for their postings in the two districts, the department has expressed inability to comply with the order. It has placed the minister at loggerheads with senior officers of the homeguards headquarters here.

Highly placed sources told the ‘Hindustan Times’ on Thursday that 525 Class Four employees were recruited in several districts but most of the newly appointed employees even in districts like Moradabad, Meerut, Bulandshahr and other places were allegedly from Padrauna, Deoria and Kushinagar areas.

Sources alleged that after appointment, the minister had now been pressuring the headquarters to transfer all of them to Padrauna, Deoria and Kushinagar.

“This is just not possible”, commented a senior officer of the department. The district commandants had done these recruitments. However Azamgarh district commandant had been suspended for “not falling in line”.

A row has also ensued over the appointment of 49 clerks in the department. However, when contacted, the minister said there was no pressure to transfer these new employees.

Sources said ‘day-to-day interference’ by the minister had also led to bickering at the headquarters. Sources said the problem was basically over transfer and postings, which had virtually turned out to be an industry.

Amid the ongoing tussle with officers, the minister today made a surprise inspection at headquarters and found most officers including DG VKB Nair and other employees absent. The minister said instructions had been issued for action against them.

The minister said there were complaints against officers at the headquarters.