State

DC Dimapur transferred

DIMAPUR, JUL 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/30/2020 12:08:56 PM IST

The State government on Thursday carried out a bureaucratic reshuffle by transferring 20 IAS, NCS and NSS officers. As per the rejig, Dimapur deputy commissioner (DC) Anoop Khinchi has been transferred and posted as additional secretary in Water Resources department. Rajesh Soundararajan will take over as the new DC. 

DCCI opposes: Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has expressed strong opposition to the transfer of DC and urged the government to put on hold his transfer order till such time Dimapur returned to normalcy.  

Expressing shock and outrage at the development, DCCI president Akashe K Zhimomi in a release questioned the logic behind the abrupt transfer of the incumbent at a time when the government and all sections of society were all engaged in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, relegating all other activities and issues to the background. He also questioned the motive of the government in transferring the head of the district at a time when Dimapur was gripped by worst fears of the disease reaching epic proportions.

According to the trade body, Khinchi as head of District Task Force had had several coordination meetings with tribal hohos, civil society groups, NGOs and student bodies and discussed strategies and measures to collectively tackle the pandemic since the pandemic alert was raised.

Mentioning that he worked almost 24x7, right from monitoring relief measures to reception of the returnees, to visiting all quarantine centres, etc, in the past couple of months, the release claimed that the incumbent DC was now well versed with the ground reality.

DCCI clarified that it was not against a new DC but emphasised that a change of guard at this point of time when Dimapur was in the middle of a deep crisis would prove suicidal and disastrous. 

“A new DC has to start all over again – meeting and getting acquainted with different tribal hohos, civil society groups and other stakeholders and reviewing the strategies and logistics. At the present juncture, Dimapur and its citizens cannot afford to lose precious time adjusting to bureaucratic reshuffles when lives are at stake,” the release stressed.

Claiming that the transfer order also smacked of vested interests and highlighted the step-motherly treatment of the State government towards the citizens of Dimapur, the trade body asked why the DC was transferred when he had not completed even nine months in office. 

“Was it not a step-motherly treatment of Dimapurians when some nine months back the government transferred both the deputy commissioner and commissioner of police of the district on the same day,” the organisation questioned.

DCCI said such whimsical transfer of government officials without taking into confidence the people of the district should not be the norm.

 

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