16 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Surprise transfer

Surprise transfer

Barely two days after controversial IAS officer Rajeev Rautela was shifted from the post of Gorakhpur district magistrate and made divisional commissioner of Devipatan in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre decided to shift the babu to Uttarakhand.

Rautela, who had hit the headlines for allegedly barring media persons from accessing the counting centre while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll was in progress, was promoted as divisional commissioner of Devipatan, which drew a lot comment in social media and print media.

Following the reorganisation of Uttar Pradesh, Rautela’s cadre was determined as the new state of Uttarakhand — a decision he had challenged and got stayed by the HC. The stay was lifted in August, 2016. However, the Centre did not issue a formal order regarding the final allocation of Rautela’s cadre until now, two days after the bypoll result.

The transfer has caught many officials by surprise. Rautela is a Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officer of the 1982-batch and was promoted to the Indian Administrative Services in 2002. He was made the Gorakhpur DM soon after Adityanath took over as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March last year.

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