In what could be seen as an alleged case of political interference, the executive officer (EO) of the municipal council in Mansa has been transferred thrice in the last one month.
Vijay Kumar, who belongs to Mansa, took charge as the EO of Sardulgarh municipal council in March. He was also given additional charge of municipal councils of Mansa and Joga.
On June 30, Vijay was transferred to Abohar and he took the charge there on July 9. However, the very next day after he joined in Abohar, his transfer was stayed by the ministry of local bodies. He came back to Mansa and took charge of Sardulgarh, Mansa and Joga councils. It was on July 29 that Vijay was informed that he has been transferred to Abohar again.
When Vijay was initially asked to join the municipal council in Abohar, it was allegedly stayed after the deputy commissioner requested union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to cancel his transfer orders.
If some of the Akali municipal councillors are to be believed, the transfer of Vijay Kumar is due to his rift with the council president and SAD leader Balwinder Singh Kaka. “Vijay has proved to be a thorn in their flesh. The president is uneducated and, with his team of councillors, he has been harassing the executive officer.
The president pulled all his strings to get the officer transferred,” said a SAD councillor, who wished to stay anonymous.
The HT also found that when Vijay Kumar was set to rejoin in Mansa, he was cautioned by the president of the municipal council against doing so.
“I requested him not to join here in Mansa as some of the municipal councillors from our party (SAD) were not happy with his functioning,” said Balwinder Singh, while denying that it was any kind of veiled threat to a government servant. Another municipal councillor, who is also the district president of the women’s wing of the Congress, alleged that the ongoing transfer issue of the EO has affected the development work of the city.
“His frequent transfer orders are purely political and it has virtually brought the functioning of the civic body to a halt,” said Ayushi Sharma. Meanwhile, Vijay Kumar is all set to join at Abohar and feels that the issue should be dealt without political interference.