"Let bureaucrats handle transfers of IAS officers"
In the backdrop of transfer of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka for his decision to probe into land deals, including that of Robert Vadra and realty major DLF, former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Thursday asked state and Central governments to leave issue of transfers to bureaucracy without there being any interference
"Issues of transfers should be left to bureaucracy itself without there being any interference whatsoever by central or state governments to curb corruption," Hegde told PTI.
Hegde said there was lot of "discontentment" amongst state and central officers in regard to the transfer policies of their respective government.
"The common complaint seems to be that there is no proper policy and transfers are effected at the whims and fancies of the decision-making authority which is mostly influenced by the pressure from the politicians' various hues," he said.
Such transfers are likely to have serious adverse effect on the efficiency of the government itself, Hegde said, adding, "To have an independent attitude and peace of mind, a government servant must have some assured tenure on any post to which he is posted before he is transferred."
Transfers based on the recommendations of persons who were not connected with the government would certainly lead to corruption and undue favours being shown in favour of such benficiaries, Hegde said.