Sections of the Railway Board officials are a worried lot these days. Reason: By coincidence or by design, officials who held key positions in the earlier Trinamool Congress (TMC) regime are slowly but surely being eased out.
In the four months since Pawan Kumar Bansal took over as the new railway minister, several sudden transfers have happened.
Executive director (ED) (public undertakings) Parthasarathy Mandal was transferred to the South Eastern Central Railway, while ED (infrastructure) Manan Ghoshal was packed off to the Northeast Frontier Railway.
RC Jat, appointed as secretary in the Railway Board during the TMC regime, has been replaced.
ED (information and publicity) Chandralekha Mukherjee was moved out to the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), while ED (mechanical engineering) Shubhranshu was posted to the Indian Railway Organization for Alternative Fuels (IROAF).
One Amit Mukherjee, a deputy director in the reservation cell, was also posted out.
Last Friday, the transfer-axe fell on a senior officer posted in the railway stores department. A majority of officers targeted for transfers come under the purview of the member mechanical, Keshav Chandra.
“These are not routine transfers. It is some kind of a purge. Transfers are being employed as a weapon to punish. This is creating a fear psychosis,” an official said.
Officials are usually posted out after the completion of a five year tenure in the Railway Board and after a vigilance clearance has been obtained in the case of the new incumbent.
Guidelines also stipulate that the Chairman, Railway Board (CRB) must be a part of the decision making process.
“In the case of some of the recent transfers, none of the above guidelines have been followed,” an official said.
The railways officers’ federation has also taken serious objections to these ‘indiscriminate transfers’ in a recent letter to the railways minister.