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PM favours minimum security of tenure for civil servants

May 20, 2005 16:15 IST

Concerned over the frequent transfers of district heads, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said no system could deliver if top civil servants were transferred without notice, and favoured a minimum security of tenure for judging their performance.

"One major issue which has arisen is the security of tenure of key functionaries like district collectors and superintendents of police," Dr Singh said, addressing the Second National Conference of District Collectors in New Delhi.

His comments come a day after the district magistrates of Siwan and Gopalganj in Bihar were transferred before they could complete their tenure.

Siwan District Magistrate C K Anil and his Gopalganj counterpart K K Pathak were in the eye of a storm for ordering the externment of Rashtriya Janata Dal members of Parliament, Mohammed Shahabuddin and Sadhu Yadav.

"I do recognise you are entitled to ask for this. No system in the government could deliver if people are changed without notice. Short tenure does not produce desired results," Dr Singh said.

The Prime Minister said the Centre on its own cannot move on this issue and has to work in tandem with the state governments.

"I do propose to bring this subject in the National Development Council as an integral part of improving the quality of administration and making it more transparent. It is necessary that our civil servants be entitled to a minimum security of tenure so that they can be judged on the basis of the task assigned to them," Dr Singh said.

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Sub: Very good suggestion

Politicians are more used to transfer civil servants now and then, according to their whim. If the civil servants go by what they say, they ...

Posted by Shivanand

Sub: What hypocracy

Mr Manmohan Singh seems to have mustered the art of hypocracy. The 2 best DM's in Bihar, who stood upto Laloo, his brother in law ...

Posted by rajiv shorey

Sub: good move

This is good move by our PM, hope he can push through this reform and bring some good changes in the administrative system.

Posted by Raghothama

Sub: Security of Tenure:

If the politicians or the authorities transfer the officers before it is due as per policy without recording any justification open to public scrutiny, then ...

Posted by Gauri Shanker Trivedi

Sub: Fixed term for Politicians

The government should think of fixed terms to MPs,MLAs and for posts like Prime Minister & Chief Minister. And it will think of Minimum education ...

Posted by S M Luther


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