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IAS officer’s new transfers system a hit

Indian Administrative Service officer Vijay Waghmare has developed a foolproof, transparent and preferential system for transfers of zilla parishads.

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2010 01:44 IST
Dharmendra Jore
Dharmendra Jore
Hindustan Times

It seems like a lesson straight from management textbooks.

Indian Administrative Service officer Vijay Waghmare has developed a foolproof, transparent and preferential system for transfers of zilla parishads (ZP).

Zilla parishad employees will not need to pull strings to get transferred to a place of their choice, thanks to Waghmare’s ‘Aurangabad Pattern’.

The state government has asked all ZPs to follow Waghmare’s module to help employees get over transfer blues and, most importantly, check corruption in the process.

Waghmare (34), a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, told Hindustan Times from Aurangabad that when he joined as the chief executive officer of the Aurangabad ZP three years ago, the first thing that came to his mind was effecting transfers.

“I spent days and nights getting the postings changed because employees would come to me with genuine difficulties,” said Waghmare. “So, I thought of asking them their preferences before transferring them. I called them at one place.”

Under the ‘Aurangabad Pattern’, as it is now popularly known, employees (from larger cadres like teachers) are given presentations on vacancies and promotions at mass counselling sessions. This leaves little scope for complaints because of lack of transparency and undue political interference.

“The entire process of postings was completed in a single day in a hassle-free manner and without any outside interference,” Waghmare said. “This ensured high employee satisfaction. We continued with this for three years.”

Aurangabad's Divisional Commissioner Bhaskar Munde liked the method so much that he asked all other ZPs in his division to follow it.

The model soon reached Mantralaya. Earlier this week, Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil gave his nod for implementing the system across the state. Chandrapur started it two days ago and others are expected to follow.

Patil was unreachable for comments. Munde said this was the best move towards good governance. “When Mr Waghmare implemented the idea successfully, I though of doing the same in other seven districts of my division. We have stopped receiving transfer-related complaints.”

A similar process is followed first postings after recruitment and subsequent promotions. “Promotions provide a route for human resource development in the organisation. It is a win-win situation where vacant posts are filled and the employee is also motivated to achieve organisational objectives,” Waghmare said.

Employees are happy. “This pattern has given us relief on physical, mental and financial fronts. Efficient employees who are less influential also have a voice now,” said Madhukar Walture, vice-president of the State Teachers’ Association.

First Published: May 22, 2010 01:43 IST