The Public Health Minister has stayed the transfers of 22 officers within 24 hours of notification issued by the Public Health Department. Transfer orders of 22 senior Public Health Officers, including five civil Surgeons, were issued on Saturday.
Public Health Minister Tanaji Sawant stayed the orders and has expressed surprise over the functioning of the Public Health Departments.
Supporting his order of staying the transfer orders he quoted that the state-wide campaign on ‘Safe Motherhood’ is being implemented. The transfer orders would adversely affect the mission. The State Government’s mission is ‘Mata Surakshit tar Ghat Surakshit’ (If mother is safe, Home will be safe).
Sawant has not issued further justification to the stay order he has issued. A vast majority of the orders have been issued demoting the officers to a lower grade position.