Uttar Pradesh: Officials await transfer order as Yogi government settles in at Lucknow

A senior IAS official told India Today on the condition of anonymity that a few days back, PM Modi had instructed BJP lawmakers to desist from recommending transfers and postings of officials.

It is a common practice that as soon as the government changes at the state level, administrative and police officials pack their bags and are ready to move out with the new government signing their transfer orders.

While the Yogi Adityanath government has started working at a feverish pace, nobody has any inkling of when the transfer orders will start pouring in, creating a sense of uncertainty among the officials and consequently, the administrative pace of the districts has slowed down to a large extent.

A senior IAS official told India Today on the condition of anonymity that a few days back, PM Narendra Modi had instructed all BJP lawmakers to desist from recommending transfers and postings of IAS, IPS, PCS officials and allow the new UP government to work in peace. This could be the reason that not only the Agra division but the entire state's administrative machinery has continued to work without any major changes despite a government change.

Although the new MLAs are not finding it easy to work with the officials who they believe are loyal to the previous government, they are unable to recommend their transfers due to PM Modi's strict instructions in this regard. This delay in the administrative turnaround of UP has given rise to many speculations.

CM HAS A TEAM OF OVER 6 IAS OFFICIALS IN HIS SECRETARIAT

Another official told India Today that it has been a common practice that the new chief minister forms his own secretariat team when he takes charge, but Yogi Adityanath has not even done that, so it is too early to expect any transfer orders being issued from the 'Pancham Tal' yet. He said that the chief minister has over half dozen IAS officials with him in his secretariat, but there have been no transfers of senior officials anywhere in the secretariat or in the state.

Several IAS officials, who want to return to the state from the Central government deputation are waiting for the chief minister to begin assembling his team so that they can return home. Meanwhile, some of the officials, who were known to be sympathisers of the previous government, are trying to seek an entry into the inner circle of the new government.

People are even demanding that the district level administrative officials be changed soon so that the new Yogi teams could take charge across the state, although it will be too soon to expect anything as the new Uttar Pradesh CM has already proved that when it comes to work, he's a man of strong action, for which he does not even require assistance of a team of officials.

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