Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has formulated a stringent transfer policy for officers to curb favouritism.
The already operational policy does not allow an officer to stay at one station for more than 10 years.
Ministerial sources said the policy will cause massive changes in the railways’ bureaucracy because many officers are staying at one place for over 15-20 years. The Railway Board will also be affected as many officers are staying there for over 10 years.
“This policy will also curb the practice of inter-zonal transfers. Many people start lobbying for transfers to the place of their choice soon after they join their allotted zone,” a high-level source told Deccan Herald.
The policy says there would “ordinarily” be no inter-zonal transfer of Grade ‘A’ officer. It prohibits transfer of a Group ‘A’ officer from the zone or unit he or she has been allotted till he is promoted to the Selection Grade.
If any request is to be considered, it could be made only after the “completion of five years in the allotted zone”.
A Group ‘B’ officer can get inter-zonal transfer only after being empanelled to Group ‘A’ and having residual service of more than three years.
Change in posting
The policy has also changed the way officers are posted in Railway Board, Research and Design Standards Organisations, production units, Central Training Institutes and other units.
Officers could be posted in “administrative interest” only after completion of minimum of five years in the allotted zone.