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Goa Minister cracks down on babus using ‘political pressure’ to stall transfers

In a written order, Goa’s Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar has told bureaucrats in his department not to leverage “political pressure” to stop transfers of officials who have been working in the same post for more than three years.

In an office order, Palyekar has said that attempts to leverage political pressure “will be viewed seriously”.

“However it is noticed that the transferred officers bring political and other pressures on the undersigned or Head of Department to retain them in their original positions, though the transfers are within the same headquarters citing various reasons,” Palyekar has said in the order.

“Such pressures to retain one in the same office are not good for the working of the department and will be viewed very seriously. Chief Engineer and Director Administration should ensure that such instances should be discouraged by issue of memos and remarks on the same should be entered in their annual (confidential) report,” the order also states.

Speaking to IANS on Saturday, Palyekar said that there was a lot of “lethargic attitude” by many officials of his department and a reshuffle was necessary to rectify the same.

“I have warned the officials in the department not to bring political pressures over the transfers in the Water Resources department,” he said.