Friday, July 11, 2008

RTI reply blows lid off netas' role in babus' transfers

Government servants using political connections to 'manage' their postings may be an open secret. However, this nexus has been proved - in black and white - with the help of the Right to Information Act. A reply to a query regarding the transfer of an officer in sales tax department also had a list of 33 officers who had used political recommendations for getting or cancelling a transfer. Many wanted a transfer in the enforcement wing of the department, which is said to be a plum posting. In the case of the official whose transfer was questioned, it was none other than the then chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde who had backed the case. Other officials had sent letters of politicians including Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Ashok Chavhan, Vijayinsingh Mohite Patil, Nitin Raut, Hussain Dalwai and Suresh Lad.

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