New Delhi: The Delhi government has given a strong indication that it plans to reshuffle officers on a large scale in the subordinate services in the coming days.
Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar recently emphasised the importance of compiling a list of the names of Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS) officials who have been working in the same departments for several years. They will be transferred soon. The chief secretary has asked the department heads to submit the action-taken report by July 6.
With this transfer, it is expected that 60–70% of the 8,000-odd DASS cadre grade 1-4 officials have to change their departments by the exercise, sources said.
The decision was taken after the transfer of over 40 IAS and DANICS officers. Related to the event, sources said that another transfer spree of senior bureaucrats is in the pipeline.
The total sanctioned posts in the Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS) cadre is over 12,000, while nearly 30% of the posts are lying vacant.
The Delhi government has issued a circular stating that the officials serving in sensitive posts need to be transferred every three years and those who are engaged in non-sensitive positions should be moved every five years, as per a senior Delhi government official.
According to a senior officer, mass level movement of junior staff might affect the proper functioning of departments that have to deal with the public. In such cases, transfers will take place phase-wise, meaning in a gap of 2-3 months so that new officials can gradually take charge.
The department bosses will have the choice of getting special permission from the services department or the chief secretary to hold some officials for a few months, as stated by another officer.