Apprehensive that the Samajwadi Party (SP) may not come back to power, officers close to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav have started looking for safe postings before the new regime takes over in the state.
Orders giving new assignments to two officers in the chief minister's secretariat were issued discreetly a few days ago. The exercise, however, has been undertaken on the pretext of giving additional charge to the officers. Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Anil Kumar has been given the additional charge of Director General (DG), the UP Academy of Administration formerly known as the IMDUP.
Special secretary in the chief minister's secretariat, Shambhu Singh Yadav, who has already been holding the additional charge as director of an institute, has been posted as director (Training) in the State Planning Institute. The order for transfer of another secretary-level officer too has reportedly been issued but the officer has not yet joined the new place of posting.
These transfers, it is noteworthy, did not need the consent or prior permission of the Election Commission as the officials were not involved in the ongoing process of the election in any manner.
A group of senior bureaucrats, who were ignored by Mulayam Singh Yadav mainly because of their proximity to Mayawati during her previous regimes and who are now looking forward for some good postings, dubbed the efforts of the officers as an exercise in futility as it would not be difficult for the new regime, Mayawati or anybody else, to send them on certain other irrelevant or side postings, if the new incumbent decided to do so.
They give an example of SP Arya, who was principal secretary to former Chief Minister Rajnath Singh, but had got himself posted as principal secretary, Irrigation, just before the Rajnath Government fell. The new regime, however, allowed him to work in the Irrigation department hardly for a few days and shifted him to some other insignificant post.
Meanwhile, there is an increased number of visitors to the rooms of bureaucrats said to be in the good books of Mayawati, as the same officers are likely to rule the roost, in case Mayawati came to power.