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Telangana agri officers up in arms against transfers

Telangana agri officers up in arms against transfers
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The Telangana Agricultural Officers’ Association (TGOA) is up in arms against the counselling process of transfers in the department.

Hyderabad: The Telangana Agricultural Officers’ Association (TGOA) is up in arms against the counselling process of transfers in the department.

Addressing about 150 agricultural officers from different districts of the State at the Commissionerate and Directorate of Agriculture Office (CDAO) here on Monday, TGOA chairman B Krupakar Reddy said that the Association had extended its full support to online counselling process of transfers proposed by the State government.

Following this, the State government had issued GO No 61 to complete the transfers by June 15, 2018. However, the transfers made so far have been riddled with irregularities as they were done in violation of directions and guidelines issued by the State government, he added.

He said that as per government orders, a committee should be constituted to oversee the process but the same was not followed. Similarly, the CDAO should notify the hardship/critical areas as well as focal and non-focal areas. But, none of these directions has been followed in the transfers made so far, he pointed out.

Besides, the officials had also violated the 40 per cent transfers proposed by the State government, in addition to violating guidelines related to spouse transfers, giving exemption to the members of employees not recognised by the unions, transfer of ineligible candidates to their place of choice, allowing mutually agreed transfers, not taking into consideration the request of the eligible spouse and handicapped officials seeking transfers and the like.

The office bearers of the Association, vice-chairman Satyanarayana, general secretary B Shyamsunder Reddy, Central Committee member Tulasi Ram and City Unit general secretary Karunakar Rao along with the 150 officials had later met the Principal Secretary Agriculture C Parthasarathi and briefed him on the violations took place in the transfers.

Similarly, they requested the Principal Secretary to appoint a committee to take up the transfers of agricultural officers which were postponed. Krupakar said that Parthasarathi has assured to take up the issue with the Chief Secretary to obtain permission and if needed, to consult with the State Election Commission wherever necessary besides notifying fresh dates of counselling in two to three days.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by the Association president K Anuradha had met Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy at Karimnagar and submitted a representation demanding to rectify the irregularities took place in the transfers of ADAs.

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