Govt whips up new transfer/posting policy

By Our Staff Reporter
Imphal, May 13 : With an aim to maximize job satisfaction, the State Government has issued a new policy to be followed in the transfer and posting of Government employees and its agencies including PSUs, Corporations, Societies, Agencies, Commission etc.
An office memorandum issued by Chief Secretary (DP) Dr Rajesh Kumar said that  the policy has been christened “Policy for Transfer and Posting of Government Employees of the State of Manipur” and it aims to ensure equitable distribution of Government employees at different locations in a fair and transparent manner and to maximize job satisfaction.
As per the latest order, normal tenure of posting of an officer/employee in a post will be a minimum of one year and six months while the maximum would be three years in a place of posting.
It also said that no transfer may be effected unless the employee completes the minimum period, unless there are compelling reasons/circumstances to do so.
Continuing that Government officer/official must be posted for at least nine years in hill areas/difficult places during the service period successively or after breaks, but each stint should not be less than one year and six months, the memorandum maintained that categorisation of places for the purpose of difficult postings will be made by the respective Departments, in consultation with the Department of Personnel.
IT-based Manpower Management System will be used to manage the transfer and postings of all employees, it said and added that officials may be posted at their home district if they choose to two years before their retirement so as to facilitate ease in processing pension matters.
The Chief Secretary also said that transfers shall normally be effected in April/May after the financial year is over so that disruption of work is minimal.
Government employees involved with the conduct of elections shall not be transferred without specific consultation with the Election Department, the memorandum  read and continued that transfer of teachers/lecturers of schools/higher secondary/colleges and other academic institutions will normally be effected between the academic sessions.
"Whenever cadre posts are to be utilised by non-cadre officers/officials, the transfer & posting orders to such posts shall be issued by the authority concerned of the cadre post. Officers/officials who do not belong to the said cadre will be deemed to be on deputation to the Department to which the cadre post belongs," it said.
Continuing that where both the husband and wife are in Government service, they may be posted conveniently at the same station/district as far as possible while physically challenged persons may be given convenient posting at their local stations, the Chief Secretary stated that officers/officials suffering from identified category of diseases will be given preferred places of posting.
The State Government will also provide incentive to officers/officials serving at difficult postings as far as possible and as long as the place of posting is not the home district of the employee, it said and continued that the period of deputation of officers/officials from the Central Government or other State Governments shall normally not exceed three years, but the same can be extended by another two years with adequate justification and specific approval of the Department of Personnel.
In respect of officers of non-transferable services like the Ministerial cadres in the Secretariat and in the Heads of Departments/Offices, no person shall be retained in a particular post with the same work allocation for more than three years, the memorandum informed and added, "this, however, may be relaxed only in special circumstances up to a maximum of six years with specific approval of the authority concerned." It also said that all posts sanctioned for specific purposes should be utilized only at the places for which the posts had  been  created while appointments/postings of officers/officials to a higher post/non-cadre post on in-charge basis would be strictly based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel from time to time.