Govt, Oppn fight over corruption in transfers and postingsUpdated: Jul 27, 2017 20:21 IST
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt alleged that the rates of transfers of all top officials, right from executive engineers to chief engineers and senior superintendents of police to district magistrates, were fixed in the Congress rule.(HT Photo)
DEHRADUN: The BJP government claimed to have put an end to corruption in official transfers and postings which, it alleged, had become a “virtual industry” under the Congress rule.
Not surprising, the opposition party shot back saying there were large scale revocations of transfers carried out by the BJP government within “just days, weeks or months”.
“We have completely checked corruption in transfers of personnel--right from top officials to lower level employees, which had become a virtual industry under the previous Congress regime,” Cabinet minister and government spokesperson Madan Kaushik said.
He alleged that huge sums of money used to be collected in lieu of transferring officials to the places of their choice, or, in return of plum posts during the previous Congress government.
The Congress rubbished the allegations, dubbing the BJP government a “roll back” government. “Since it came to power, this government has carried out mass transfers of officials and, in most cases, cancelled them subsequently, which shows there is a rampant corruption in transfer postings,” Surendra Kumar, a senior Congress leader and the media in-charge of former chief minister Harish Rawat, said.
“There should be some justification behind the large scale revocations of officials’ transfers within just days, weeks or months. It ’s all done for ‘dhandha pani’ (bribes).”
Kumar accused the BJP government of deferring the Annual Transfer for Public Servants Bill it had promised to pass in the budget session. “The way it’s been ignoring the proposed law, shows the level of its seriousness in checking corruption in transfer postings.”
Kaushik, however, asserted that the Bill was referred to the standing committee due to some technical reasons. “We are going to get that law passed in the next assembly session. Once this foolproof Bill gets enacted, transfers will be carried out on a rotation basis and there will be no room left for corruption in transfer and postings.”
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt alleged that the rates of transfers of all top officials, right from executive engineers to chief engineers and senior superintendents of police to district magistrates, were fixed in the Congress rule. “In other words, under that regime, officials used to get places of their choice or plum postings,” Bhatt said, adding officials would mostly seek transfers in plain districts of Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar.
“Officials had no fear of the government…Was this state created for this kind of rampant corruption?”
Bhatt said the BJP had openly alleged on the floor of the House that the previous Congress regime had fixed rates for postings in different police stations. “’Thane bikte thae’ (police stations were up for sale) under the Congress regime…this was our open allegation.”
He alleged that the policemen would extort money from the people to recover bribes they paid to get postings. “Similarly, other officials too would get busy recovering the money they paid to get postings in areas of their choice instead of focusing on development.”
First Published: Jul 27, 2017 20:21 IST