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Government under attack for transfer of officials In the legislature

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15,153 officials transferred in six months, says Kharge



Vested interests blamed for frequent transfer of officials

‘Infrastructure projects at a standstill’



BELGAUM: Vested interests are responsible for the frequent transfer of heads of departments and other government officials, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge has charged.

Speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint session of the legislature, Mr. Kharge said 15,153 officials, including those of the IAS, the IPS and the KAS, had been transferred during the six months that the Yeddyurappa government has been in power. “The transfer of officials is the biggest achievement of the BJP government,” he said.

“No transfers have been made without payment of money,” he alleged. The number of officials transferred in various departments and cadres, according to him, are 5,850 sub-inspectors, 820 circle inspectors, 425 deputy superintendents of police, 28 additional superintendents of police, 5,500 constables, 38 superintendents of police, 560 KAS officers, 40 motor vehicle inspectors and 560 commercial tax inspectors.

‘No transparency’

The Dharam Singh and Kumaraswamy governments transferred 58,329 and 69,804 officials respectively. “The Government has failed to check excessive and non-transparent transfer of employees. The recent mass transfer of officials, including IAS, IPS and IFS officials, is an indication of the Government’s commitment towards development works,” Mr. Kharge said.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had the time to transfer officials but no time to review developmental programmes. Transfers and postings of IAS, IPS and KAS officials started from the day the BJP government assumed office, he said.

Mr. Kharge alleged that there was discrimination in the allocation of funds by the Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and Education departments. Funds had been earmarked and released only to those constituencies represented by BJP MLAs.

Referring to infrastructure projects, he said work on several projects had come to a standstill, and there was no progress on the airports in Gulbarga and Shimoga.

Delay criticised

Mr. Kharge criticised Home Minister V.S. Acharya for the delay in taking action against those responsible for the attacks on churches and Christian prayers halls in the State. Several promises made in the BJP poll manifesto remained on the paper, and the performance of the BJP government was dismal on all fronts, he said.

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