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Assam minister gets 300 transfer applications every day, says it affects work culture

Sarma said that if the government recommends transfer of one such employee, then that would definitely affect another person who had not made any such representation.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
December 12, 2016 7:53:04 pm
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Fed up with a large number applications from government employees under various departments he holds, Himanta Biswa Sarma, virtually Number 2 in the BJP-led government of Sarbananda Sonowal, on Monday asked employees to stop doing that and instead wait for a transparent transfer policy. “Government employees turning up in large numbers in my office for various personal work has affected the work culture of the government departments. I myself receive anywhere between 200 and 300 applications by government employees seeking transfer. This on one hand leads to opening of as many new files, and on the other affects the welfare activities of the government departments,” Sarma, who issued an advertisement in several Guwahati-based newspapers said on Monday.

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Dissuading government employees from making a bee-line to the state secretariat at Dispur with requests for transfers, Sarma said that if the government recommends transfer of one such employee, then that would definitely affect another person who had not made any such representation. Sarma holds several major portfolios in the Sonowal government, which includes education, finance, health, tourism, planning & development among others.

Sarma also pointed out that one section of government employees and officers send other persons with transfer applications to meet the ministers. “Such people too add to the crowd that affects the work culture. This is very unfortunate,” the minister said.

“If the government recommends one person’s transfer, then that will surely affect another person who has not made any representation and had not turned up before the government here. Soon the other person affected by the transfer will rush to Guwahati to meet me. This process will only keep the government busy in such issues at the cost of welfare activities,” Sarma in the advertisement said.

Sarma, whose advertisement said that the government would soon come up with a set of policy guidelines related to transfers and postings so that every process was transparent, also asked the government employees to hold patience till then. “The government will soon come out with policy guidelines on transfer so that every transfer-posting was transparent. Till then, we request the people to hold patience,” it said.

It was only recently that Sarma had said that as education minister he has to spend more time looking into transfer applications of teachers rather than concentrating on education related issues. “Sometimes I wonder whether I am minister for education or minister for teachers,” he said.

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