26 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Babu transfers are ‘secret’

Babu transfers are ‘secret’

In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has denied the request of an anti-corruption activist and refused to share details of meetings of the state Civil Services Board because they are “confidential” and barred under the RTI Act. The activist, Ajay Dubey, had filed an RTI application with the state government to know the details of proceedings of board during the months of July, August and September last year. The civil services board is meant to be headed by chief secretary of a state and has senior most additional chief secretary or chairman, Board of Revenue, financial commissioner or an officer of equivalent rank and status as member. In addition, it will have principal secretary or secretary, Department of Personnel in the state government as member secretary. Back in 2013, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre and the states to set up a civil services board to consider transfers and postings of babus, among other things. The aim was to insulate the bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to frequent transfers of civil servants by political bosses. But, clearly, some states don’t think much before flouting even the Supreme Court’s order.

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