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Some officers getting into NRC duty list to evade transfer

By Rituraj Borthakur

GUWAHATI, March 25 - A good chunk of State government officers have allegedly evaded the mandatory transfer in view of the ensuing general elections on the pretext of NRC duty.

And what has left the departmental heads in a state of flux is that some of this lot managed to get their names enrolled in the NRC duty list even after the notification for the elections was announced.

�Some of these officers had been serving in the same posts for as long as 15 years. To avoid their transfer in view of the election criteria, they managed to get their names enrolled in the NRC duty list in February-March, in some cases even after the notification for the elections was issued,� an official source told The Assam Tribune.

There are allegations that some have even managed to enlist their names in back dates.

Some even managed to get into the NRC duty list even after getting the transfer orders.

Citing one such instance, the source said that the NRC State coordinator on March 7 had written a letter to the Forest department stating that the ECI had accorded exemption from transfer 78 officers of the department who were engaged as NRC disposing officers, or LRCRs. The request prompted the Forest department to cancel the transfer order of the officers. However, even after this, Deputy Commissioners from some districts have been sending requests to the department seeking cancellation of transfer order of other officers not included in the list of 78, on the ground that they have been engaged in NRC duty.

The Forest department has detected around 15 such officers. In the Excise department, there are around 20 such staff. There are similar instances in other departments as well.

According to Election Commission guidelines, �No officer connected directly with elections shall be allowed to continue in the present district of posting if she/he is posted in her/his home district or if she/he has completed three years in that district during last four 4 years or would be completing 3 years on or before 31st May, 2019.�

It is alleged that many officers managed to get their names in the NRC duty list with the help of officials and staff in the district administrations.

�If one transfer is stayed, it affects the entire transfer chain. Many departments are facing this difficulty now. This set of officers became active as soon as the process of transfers due to the election criteria began and managed to remain in their place of posting,� a source said.

Some departments are learnt to have taken up the matter with the government and NRC officials.

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