New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Wednesday dismissed suggestions that it has "unilaterally" effected reshuffle in Delhi and Goa administrations and said all transfers and postings of senior officers of AGMUT cadre were done as per laid down rules.
"All transfers and postings of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre officers were done as per laid down norms and rules," Home Secretary RK Singh said here.
On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met Home Minister P Chidambram and demanded that the city government be consulted before effecting transfer of top officials of her administration.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has even demanded an apology from the Home Minister for what he called "unilaterally appointing IPS officers in the state and without taking the state government into confidence".
The Home Ministry, which controls the AGMUT cadres officers, has recently effected reshuffle in senior officers, including IAS and IPS, who have completed their stipulated tenures in a particular administrative area.
"Some time, we do make exceptions in transfer and postings only due to strong grounds like ill health. But that too for a few months only," the Home Secretary said.
Official sources said the Home Ministry will also effect reshuffle in Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS) officers and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS) officers soon.
Those who were so far transferred from their respective postings have completed more than four years while there are still some officers serving either in Delhi or Goa for more than seven to 10 years who are required to be transferred.
According to the guidelines, the Home Ministry has to ensure that cadre officers serve hard areas at their turn and get required experience in serving in different constituent units of the cadre.
It is also mandated to check and curb the tendency of some officers to stick to Delhi for years together by bringing extraneous pressures.
"Notwithstanding anything contained in this policy, the Home Ministry has the absolute right, if necessary, to transfer or post any officer to any constituent at any time on administrative grounds/ in public interest," the guideline says.
15 IAS and five IPS officials were transferred and posted in Goa since April while in Delhi, around 15 IAS and IPS officials were reshuffled.
Officials also rubbished Goa Chief Minister`s charges saying that he met Home Minister on April 26 where Chidambaram requested him to suggest names of officers the state government desired to be posted.