HC quizzes state over transfer policy

The Allahabad High Court has sought a response from the state government on a PIL challenging its transfer policy, allegedly driven by political concerns which caters to certain castes and communities. The court passed the order on Friday and has fixed November 26 as the next date of hearing.

A division bench of Justices R K Agarwal and Ram Surat Ram Maurya on Friday directed the standing counsel to seek instructions from the state on the PIL, filed by Ajay Kumar Mishra, an advocate.

Petitioner Mishra said: "We have informed the high court about the arbitrary manner in which transfers of top state officials, other IAS and IPS officials, and even lower-level officials in the district have been carried out over the past few months. There have been many cases in which IAS officials have been transferred three to four times within a month. Also, these transfers have been done on the lines of giving certain communities a preference."

The petitioner said that a list of transfers, done along caste lines, has been made part of the petition. "We have given this list by name of the officials," said Mishra. It has been further argued in the petition that such frequent transfers demoralise the competent officials and will lead to a decline in their motivation.

"Further, transfers on such a large scale and so frequently only adds to the burden on the state exchequer, as the government pays the allowances related to travelling and relocation," said Mishra.

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