In Telangana, the plans for large-scale transfer of IAS officers are in discussion. The government, which has done some work in this regard in the past, feels that changes and additions are inevitable in the wake of the latest CS change. Due to this, there will be changes in the postings of the senior officials including the Collectors of many districts.
There is a discussion about IAS officers’ transfers in the upcoming elections. However, in the wake of the High Court verdict and DoPT orders, Somesh Kumar, who was the Chief Secretary to the Government, was relieved and moved to the AP cadre. Shanti Kumari, who was the Special Chief Secretary of the Forest Department, was appointed CS by the state government and took charge. Due to this, changes and additions in IAS postings are inevitable.
Along with the post of CS, Somesh Kumar held additional responsibilities as Special Chief Secretary of Revenue, Commercial Taxes, Excise, and Mines, and Chairman of CCLA and RERA. Currently, those departments and responsibilities are vacant. Shanti Kumari, who took charge as the new CS, was till now the Special Principal Secretary of the Forest Department. The branch is currently vacant.
However, many departments already have additional responsibilities due to the lack of full-fledged secretaries. Some officials want to be exempted from additional responsibilities. Manik Raj, Rajat Kumar, Shiny, Prithimeena, and others are going on deputation to central services. Due to this, a situation has arisen that they have to appoint someone else to the responsibilities that they have been handling till now. Many officials in the state have been in the same responsibilities for a long time. In some districts, the collectors were serving for more days than they should. Hyderabad, Medchal, and other districts have in-charges instead of full-time collectors. In view of all these changes and additions in the postings of IAS in Telangana are inevitable.