The mass transfer of IAS officers on Thursday raised many eyebrows in the State.It’s the government prerogative to transfer officials but what makes it looks like a ‘correction exercise’ is the fact that four of the 14 shifted have been collectors of districts that have witnessed bypolls this month.
These districts include Guntur, Kurnool, Srikakulam and Nellore districts. The ruling Congress party drew a blank in all these and the political leaders frantically searching for scapegoats find the collectors easy targets, point out political observers.
As expected, the ruling party defenders had their stance clear, “Transfer of bureaucrats is a regular process. This time around also, it has been done as a routine exercise,” said APCC general secretary Abid Rasool Khan while reacting to the IAS officers transfers. On the other hand, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party leaders have alleged that the government transferred the four IAS officers for failing to reach the expectations of the government bosses during the bypolls.
“These transfers are a clear sign that the ruling party leaders see them (collectors) partly responsible for the defeat,” said TDP leader S Devaiah.
The allegations of TDP leaders assumed importance because of the fact that the transferred out district collectors were not given any posting after shifting from their present place. Devaiah further felt that the transfers of district collectors are unwarranted especially at a time when the state is facing the threat of drought. “These transfers would not only hamper the ongoing welfare programmes but also become a hurdle in executing emergency works during the ongoing monsoon season,” he said.