In a major policy decision, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) on Monday banned transfers of state government officers and employees till June 30, 2021. The decision was taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cases due to the deadly infections, a government order said.
"The financial year 2020-21 is now over and the financial year 2021-22 has started. Therefore, inquiries are being made by the administrative departments as to whether transfers should be made in the current financial year. Accordingly, the state government did consider it," read the order. "However, considering the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the state at present, there will be no transfers till June 30, 2021," it added.
Meanwhile, transfers will be permissible only for the following reasons during this period:
1) Filling vacancies due to retirement.
2) To fill the vacancies in the essential services to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
3) The transfer should be done if the competent authority who is making the transfer is convinced that it is necessary as a serious complaint has been received against the government employee.