Violation of Model Code of Conduct

KL Report

SRINAGAR

In a open violation to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), various government departments have made transfers after MCC’s enforcement on Tuesday. The officials have reportedly either modified earlier transfer orders or issued new one with retrospective effect.

Sources told CNS, the revenue department has issued orders of girdwaras, naib tehsildars and patwaris with back date as on March 4, 2014 while the transfers have been communicated Thursday.

“According to order, more than dozen patwaris have been transferred in Srinagar district with back date order of March 3, 2014 while they were communicated about their transfers on Thursday (March 6),” sources said.

They would have to join the posting after the model code of conduct comes into effect from Wednesday.

Stating that action under law would be initiated against departments who have violated code of conduct by making transfers, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah said that his office have received such complaints.
Addressing media persons here, he said that transfer orders issued earlier have to put on hold, if had been unimplemented till yesterday.

Responding to the query that transfer orders are being issued giving them retrospective effect, he said: “You see, it is not. Whosoever has violated guidelines of Election Commission of India (ECI), action will be initiated against them.”
He further said: “We have also got some complaints from some departments they have issued the transfer orders, action will be initiated against them.”

Pertinently, journalists were referring the transfers made in revenue department on Thursday wherein some Patwaris and Girdawaras (Revenue officials) have been transferred.

However, Secretary Revenue Vinod Koul said that the information available with him, no transfer orders have been issued on Thursday.

“You should check which official has issued these orders and ask him the reasons as he would be in a better position to answer your query,” said Koul.

“Transfer orders issued earlier MCC can be implemented if the official is not involved in holding of election process. May be, the orders you are speaking about could have been issued earlier,” he said.

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