Lokpal done, Anna focus on transfers Act

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare Wednesday said he would start state-wide public protests if the government made any amendment to the Maharashtra Government Servants' Regulation of Transfers & Prevention of Delays in Discharge of Official Duties Act of 2005. Hazare said a few ministers in the Maharashtra cabinet were trying to bring the power to transfer government officials back to ministers, and if this happened he would start an agitation.

"Twelve years ago, transfers of government officials were mired in rampant corruption and done as per the whims of ministers. This meant injustice was being done to a number of sincere officials. After eight years of protests, the government passed the Act in 2006 that mandates an officer cannot be transferred before completion of three years' tenure, unless there is an emergency. But I have heard that some ministers are trying to amend the law in such a way that the transfer powers come back to ministers," Hazare said in a statement.

As per the law, transfer of officials belonging to all-India services is to be done by the CM while that of class A and B officials is done by the minister of that department in consultation with the principal secretary. Divisional department head will transfer class C and D officials. Hazare said efforts were being made to bring in an amendment that would give transfer powers of all officials to ministers alone.

A committee under Industries Minister Narayan Rane had submitted a report to CM Prithviraj Chavan in October last year recommending that the power to transfer police officers of the inspector rank should rest with the state government. However, recommendations of a committee headed by senior bureaucrat K P Bakshi that calls for decentralisation of transfer powers is also gathering dust.

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