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IAS officers transfer to Ladakh, Arunachal: Why are transfers to remote states seen as punishment?

IAS Sanjeev Khirwar and his dog became famous as a story was out in which it was revealed that Khirwar allegedly used to clear a stadium to walk his dog. Now, he has been transferred to Ladakh and his wife Rinku Dagga, who is also a bureaucrat has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.



IAS officers Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dagga

IAS Sanjeev Khirwar and his dog became famous as a story was out in which it was revealed that Khirwar allegedly used to clear a stadium to walk his dog. Now, he has been transferred to Ladakh and his wife Rinku Dagga, who is also a bureaucrat has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.

As the news reports of Khirwar vacating the stadium so that he could take his dog for a walk started circulating, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order of their posting.

After the order, the focus shifted to punishment posting and several people started discussing on Twitter why remote locations are considered to be punishment.

Not just IAS officers, even the judges consider remote locations as punishment posting. There have been several resignations in the past due to the posting in remote locations like Ladakh, and Arunachal Pradesh, among others. In 2019, Chief Justice of Madras High Court Vijaya Tahilramani resigned after she was transferred to the Meghalaya High Court and IAS officer, Kashish Mittal resigned because he was transferred from the corridors of powers at the Niti Aayog to Arunachal Pradesh. But the question is why is it considered punishment?

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For answering this, we need to take a dive into the historical background of punishment posting.

During the British empire, several officers were given the punishment of posting to colonies like Nigeria, India, British Malaya and other places. And other countries too did the same, like France, as they used to transfer their officials to North African colonies like Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.

Now cut to 2022 and in India, the officials get posted to the far east or to the remote area but there is one benefit that they get when they are posted to the northeast region as they get 40 days of leaves in a year instead of 30 days.

The remote region is known to be punishment posting because of the conditions like remoteness, lack of facilities, lack of transport and disturbed conditions. However, since there is hardship and because of that all the northeastern states fall in category 1 section and there are a number of benefits like special allowance, retention of company leased accommodation in any city of choice and even an extra point during the promotion. A substantial section is devoted to benefits that will accrue in case of injury, disablement or death due to subversive or terrorist activity, as reported by The Print.

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Getting back to the discussion that is going on about the punishment posting, several users raised questions. Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra also said why shame Arunachal by transferring errant Delhi bureaucrat there? Why pay lip service to North East and then treat the area as a dump for your rubbish, MHA?

Another user wrote that these are punishment postings because the regions are challenging as these locations are close to the Himalayas and the border. More importantly, the perks of being a bureaucrat posted in Delhi are way higher, as compared to these places.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy



Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea



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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning




The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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