In India, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers hold positions in the union government, state governments and public-sector undertakings. These officers are responsible for the administration of their respective areas. They are posted according to the ‘roster’ in various states in India. Like other states, the IAS officers are placed in Haryana as well. But, in recent times, there has been a rise in frequent transfers of these officers within the state.
As per reports, in October 2013, 16 IAS officers were transferred in the state. In November, 4 transfers took place, while in December 2013, there was a reshuffling in the postings of 11 officials. Similarly, both January and February 2014 witnessed change in post of 8 officers, while in March, April and May, 5, 6 and 5 officials were transferred, respectively. Why is there such a frequent change in the department and location of the IAS officials in Haryana? Why does the government undertake this reshuffling so often? Obviously, these officers cannot be inefficient as they have gained their positions after cracking the country’s toughest competitive exam.
As per statistics, in India, Haryana is a state which has the maximum frequency of transfers of officers. The average period of posting for an officer in the state is 11 months and 25 days. In fact, the most frequently transferred officers in India, namely Mohammad Shayin (average posting 5 months 27 days) and Ashok Khemka (average posting 5 months 29 days), belong to the Haryana government. As per sources, out of 13 IAS who have undergone more than 40 transfers in their careers, 7 officers belong to the Haryana cadre. Now the question is: how does this frequency in transfers affect bureaucracy of a state? Such transfers hamper the functioning of the system and also affect the bureaucracy. The families of these officers are the worst sufferers. Their children’s education and the careers of their spouses are the most affected. More than this, it is the common man who ultimately bears the burden of the cost of the transfer allowance involved in this process. The state government and the concerned authorities need to keep these factors in mind as they are affecting many people directly and indirectly.
Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer in Haryana, has been in news of late. It was Khemka who cancelled the mutation of the illegal land deal in Gurgaon between Robert Vadra and DLF. He even asked for investigations into the government’s irregular practices, especially in the sale of nearly 1200 acres of land. Khemka’s allegations and his frequent transfers put a question mark on the government’s role in the state and the illegal practices. There might be a chance that the reason behind frequent transfers of officers in Haryana is the malpractices in the government. There are loopholes in the governance of Haryana and there is an urgent need to rectify them. Naya Haryana seeks a government which will only work towards the benefit of the society and will be concerned about its loyal and honest IAS officials.