The corridors of the Vidhana Soudha are abuzz with employees seeking transfers

The corridors of the Vidhana Soudha and the Vikasa Soudha are abuzz with civil servants and employees seeking preferred transfers and postings.

Corridors, previously deserted, are now filled with government officials armed with recommendations and minutes from legislators and Ministers.

Women teachers and employees, accompanied by their children, are a common sight these days. The throng of people in the two buildings, especially near Ministers’ offices, is so huge that police personnel have been posted on the third floor to facilitate easy movement of Ministers, officials and their visitors.

Sudden surge

A few police personnel posted at the gates of the Vidhana Soudha said all was quiet for about three months after the elections were announced and till the new government took over. “But now we have no time even to go to the canteen for lunch. With the beginning of the transfer season, a large number of employees are paying visits and our responsibility has increased,” said the police.

Deadline extended

With thousands of employees seeking transfers, the government has decided to extend the last date of transfer from June 30 to July 10, an official in the Secretariat told The Hindu on Friday. “A file pertaining to the extension of deadline of transfers has been sent to the Chief Minister’s office,” the official said.

Interestingly, the Congress government has come out with a new transfer policy, which limits the interference of politicians and gives powers to department heads to transfer civil servants.

According to the policy adopted for 2013-14, transfers should be done only in May and June. However, the Chief Minister can, in public interest and to ensure good administration, order transfers anytime.

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