The Gujarat government on Sunday transferred 41 IPS officers in the state, in the run up to the assembly elections due in the middle of December. This may be the last batch of transfers ordered by Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the model code of conduct would come into effect as soon as the Election Commission declares the polling time-table. This is expected within the next fortnight.
Nearly 150 lower level police officers, including inspectors and sub inspectors, were transferred two months ago. Of the 41 IPS officers transferred, 19 have also received promotions due to them for some time, said an official release.
According to a source these transfers are as per the Election Commission guidelines about transfer of all police officers who have served in their posts for three years or those who are posted in their home districts. "The transfer of these 41 IPS officers was in accordance with Election Commission guidelines," Vinod Babbar, chief electoral officer of the state told the Hindustan Times on Sunday.
Though most transfers of IPS officers are of no consequence, notable among them are the removal of secretary (home) SK Saikia. The latter has been replaced by TS Bisht, who was till recently sidelined as executive director in the State Police Housing Corporation.