RTI reveals 2,000 senior officers transferred in UP in one and half year
The replies to applications filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act have revealed that police and administrative officials in Uttar Pradesh are transferred and suspended quite frequently.
The replies show that around 2,000 senior police and administrative officials have been transferred in last 18 months. The scenario of middle level officers is no better. The replies also show that at times the transfers are done even by ignoring court orders. For example, as per Supreme Court directives, station house officers (SHOs) have a minimum tenure of two years and earlier transfer requires written reasons on the part of the government. However, the data in the RTI replies shows that in previous two years, 72 transfer orders have been passed for 215 SHOs.
The replies also revealed that 362 suspension orders have been passed in past four years. On an average one policeman gets suspended every third day. However, suspensions are not always followed by departmental actions. Out of 510 suspended policemen, follow up action was taken against only 223 and 156 were reinstated within a month.