The state government has decided to take action against officials who fail to join work when they are transferred to Naxalite strongholds, especially Gadchiroli.
Officials who don’t report to work within 10 days in Gadchiroli will face suspension and disciplinary action, the administration department has said in an order issued on October 28.
Being transferred to these sensitive areas is seen as punishment posting and officials’ unwillingness to report to work is one of the major hurdles in improving the areas’ socio-economic situation.
Errant officials will also face action under the Maharashtra Civil Rules, 1979, and department heads will be responsible for taking action.
The decision comes a fortnight after home minister RR Patil’s hour-long presentation in the Cabinet pointing out how official apathy was affecting progress in Naxalite strongholds.
There are more than 2,136 vacant posts in Naxalite-dominated areas, and 40% of these are posts of grade I officers; there are 150 police posts.
Patil’s presentation detailing the lacunae in overall administrative work was a way of hitting back at those who had criticised him in the Cabinet last month following the death of four policemen in a landmine attack in Gadchiroli.
Both the Congress as well as his own party (NCP) colleagues had slammed the home department and Patil for not doing enough to stop these attacks.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had assured him that the shortcomings in governance would be dealt with.
The order has also asked all administrative departments to send some of their best officers to Gadchiroli.
The general administration department has to review the job vacancies and action taken by departments and present a report to the chief minister Ashok Chavan.