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Game of sifarish that Haryana ministers play

punjab Updated: Dec 13, 2015 10:38 IST
Saurabh Duggal
Saurabh Duggal
Hindustan Times
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Based on recommendations by 8 state ministers, Vij has asked department officials to look into the transfers for making adjustments.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Eight of the 12 Haryana ministers, state MPs, MLAs and even the brother of the minister concerned have sent sifarish (recommendations/notes) to state sports minister Anil Vij, for cancelling the transfers of their preferred coaches in the sports department.

The department had transferred over a hundred coaches in mid-October.

Based on these recommendations, Vij has asked department officials to look into the transfers for making adjustments. “I have received requests from various ministers/MLAs for cancellation/adjustment of coaches in their respective districts or constituencies. I want that these requests may be examined, while making recommendations for adjustments,” wrote Anil Vij in his official communication to officials last month. On the basis of the minister’s official noting, the department is working on preparing a fresh list.

Agriculture minister OP Dhankar has requested the cancellation of transfers of 10 coaches, public health engineering minister Ghanshyam Saraf wants adjustment of nine coaches, finance minister Captain Abhimanyu of two, and minister of state Krishan Kumar Bedi has sought the adjustment of three coaches. Education minister Ram Bilas Sharma, transport minister Krishan Lal Panwar, food and supplies minister Karan Dev Kamboj, local bodies minister Kavita Jain, Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar, deputy speaker Santosh Yadav and Rajinder Vij, elder brother of the sports minister, have also sent such recommendations.

Even the Chief Minister’s Office, which includes Mukul Kumar, Officer on Special Duty to the CM, has sent the communication for three postings. Besides, there are a number of MLAs and BJP workers, whose recommendations have been forwarded to the department.

When confronted on the issue, Vij said, “Though I have forwarded the recommendations to the department, I have verbally told them to consider only genuine cases.”  

The minister said the transfers were ordered on the basis of the rationalisation policy under which there would be an equal division of coaches in all districts.

Vij, in his noting for adjustments, wanted that the compliance of the rationalisation policy be ensured, which means if adjustment of the transferred coaches is effected in the next few days, a few other coaches will have to be moved, further affecting the sports schedule with the nationals in maximum disciplines around the corner.