CAPD employees in Pulwama aghast over mass transfer order

29 employees, some prematurely, transferred in one stroke

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PULWAMA — In an unusual development, Assistant Director of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution in Pulwama on late Tuesday afternoon issued an order of mass transfers, under which he shifted 29 employees from the district in one stroke.

The order has come as a surprise to the employees, who have described the order as shocking and never-heard-before.

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The order, bearing number FC&CA/Pul/20/PS/1418-20, announced the mass transfer of 29 employees. Under the order, more than two dozen employees working in the district have been moved from their places of postings and shifted to new locations.

Although the order reads that it has been issued to address the deficient staff magnitude in the office, for better rationalization of staff and with a view to ensure transparency, efficiency in the distribution.

29 employees of the department, whose names are included in the list, have expressed their dismay over their transfers, terming it as an unusual and discriminatory step.

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Moreover, they said that transferring around 10 employees prematurely is injustice with them.

One of the employees, who was transferred, only eight months ago said, “I have not as yet settled at my place of posting and now I have again been transferred prematurely.”

“I am yet to understand, how will my transfer make any change, when it will take me another year to understand work process at new place,” he said.

“I fail to understand the logic of transfers at this massive scale, which will disturb the smooth functioning of the department,” said another employee.

“We fail to understand a good number of employees being transferred prematurely, which is injustice with them,” he added.

Accusing the transferring authority of high handedness, the employees said that they will fight the alleged injustice of the Assistant Director, adding that he is a victim of ill-advice from some people with vested interest.

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They requested the Director CAPD to look into the matter and demanded a probe into the motive behind the mass transfer, including the reasons behind transferring a number of employees prematurely against the norms.

They said that if need arises, they will challenge the transfer order in the court of law.

Meanwhile, Director CAPD Bashir Ahmed Khan, while commenting on the issue said that the officer in question is competent of making transfers and if he deems it is in the interest of better functioning of the department, he can even order mass transfers; however he added that he will see what is the cause behind transferring a good number of employees prematurely.

“I will look into the matter and will take necessary steps to address the complaints of employees in question, against the transfer order,” Bashir Ahmed Khan said.

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