How bureaucratic transfers work- Deccan Herald

An official seeking transfer to a greener pasture approaches a politician, strikes a deal, and gets a recommendation letter. The ministry concerned yields to pressure and facilitates the transfer.

Though money is key, personal equations and caste also play a role in transfers. Some influential politicians make sure that officials of their caste are posted in their constituencies.

Group A, B and C officials such as tahsildars, sub-registrars and police inspectors approach politicians, while those in the lower rungs (Group C and D) approach power brokers close to politicians. The minute system is so widespread that bundles of recommendation letters can be seen in all departments. However, IAS and IPS officers are usually not transferred in lieu of bribes.

Political interference is common in the revenue, transport, excise, public works, energy, home, urban development and social welfare departments as they have huge budget allocations. Bengaluru and other big cities are always the most sought-after for corrupt officials.

Big money changes hands for the transfer of sub-registrars, especially in Bengaluru, assistant commissioners (field work), tahsildars, surveyors, road transport officials, excise inspectors, engineers, police sub-inspectors and inspectors, and revenue officials.

Only those who are influential and ready to pay bribes get key postings in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the Bengaluru Development Authority.

The bribes vary from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore, depending on the place and post. Even clerks pay up to Rs 5 lakh to get posted to sub-registrar offices in Bengaluru, according to senior officials who spoke to DH.

Corrupt officials in the Transport Department are more ‘organised’ than others in getting postings of their choice.
Officials have formed a group to take transfer decisions on their own.

They pool in their bribes (to be paid to politicians) and get the transfers done without much ado.

Members of the group even take turns at lucrative posts. Officials in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) were part of this racket in the past, it is reliably learnt.

Root cause

Illegal and reckless transfers of officials is seen as the root cause of corruption in administration. A transfer for bribe is virtually a licence to loot. Officials who get there by foul means remain unaccountable to their higher-ups. The result: they pocket taxpayers’ money and funds allocated for government schemes.

Reports of the national auditor, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, placed before the state legislature, expose this system. The transfer mafia is so powerful that legislators have on occasions revolted against their own government and threatened to bring it down.

Several governments have attempted to control the mafia and failed. A top official working in the CMO during the B S Yeddyurappa regime (2008-11) was shunted out for attempting to control the mafia.

Senior IAS officers have remained mute spectators to the racket. Those who raise a voice against it are transferred frequently and also harassed in other ways.
The helplessness expressed by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy recently sums it up: “Transfer of officials is where corruption begins. If I try to uproot it immediately, I won’t be allowed to remain in power even for two minutes.” more  

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Cancer has end like cure through chemotherapy or death.Why not Govt put these transfer postings on its website for reverse bidding.Highest eligible bidder satisfying requirements can pay to Govt like BDA sites/flats and occupy postings.Of course,problem in most cases is unaccounted money is used for bribes..We are most GOD fearing people visiting regularly temples/Darga/Churches to thank HIM.It is the attitude&mindset apart from greedy droves for taking favours. more  
There is no cure for this cancer. To bring a change we should elect educated intelectuals not goondas. more  
This is cancer reached incurable stage more  
Absolutely true.
Some thing must be done to curb this Cancer. more  
In Karrinayithikka, Government’s work is God’s work and we are all waiting for God to come and do it: more  
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