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Government Employees, Get Ready! Uttarakhand to Enforce Transfer Act

The Trivendra Rawat government in Uttarakhand is leaving no stones unturned in its fight to curb the corruption from the state. the BJP government recently introduced Lokayuta Bill 2011 in Uttarakhand assembly to bring every government official including the Chief Minister under the purview of the law. Apart from that,  the current government is also strongly in favor to pass the Transfer Act 2011 which is aimed to bring transparency in the transfer of government employees and officials.

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All of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar district is designated under accessible area.

The Transfer Act was introduced in the Uttarakhand assembly on Monday which was discussed among the legislators and various provisions were brainstormed upon. Once the Transfer Act legislature is passed in the assembly, employees with 4 year of work experience at easily-accessible location and 3 years of work experience at remote locations respectively will become eligible for transfer.

5 Key features of Transfer Act, 2011

  1. According to the timetable ensured in the Act, the transfer process will start from April 1. The transfer orders are to be issued by June 10 at all cost. It is mandatory to report at the newly assigned location within 10 days from the date of order issue. Penal action will be taken against the employees failing to comply to the issued transfer order.
  2. Posting at district headquarters and directorate headquarters at Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Almora and Tehri will come under accessible area. Transfers to Pauri, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Champawat, Bageshwar and Pithoragrah will be come under remote area.
  3. There will be only 3 types of annual transfer:
    (a) Mandatory transfer from accessible area to remote location
    (b) Mandatory transfer from remote location to accessible area
    (c) transfer on basis of request
  4. At the time of first appointment, the posting will be made to the remote area. For the first and second promotion, it shall be compulsory to spend minimum half period of their service in remote area.
  5. Any letter from the parents, husband or wife on behalf of the employee to stop the transfer will be considered  in disciplinary action.

Incentives for employees transferred to remote area

The Transfer Act 2011 make transfer to remote area mandatory for government employees and officials. However, in order to make it a little rewarding and ease the transition for the employees serving in remote area, the section 20 of the Transfer Act imparts certain incentives to the employees at remote areas, which are as follows:

  1. The employees transferred from accessible area to remote area will receive housing rent admissible at his present posting from the date of taking charge in remote area until the period of his posting in that area. However, he’d have to vacate the government accommodation if occupied.
  2. For the purpose of promotion, every additional period of one year served in remote area will be counted as 1½ year. However, this is applicable only to the the employees transferred after the commencement of the Transfer Act.

CLICK HERE to read about Transfer Act, 2011 in detail.