Transfer trauma continued to haunt Tukaram Mundhe and IAS officer from Maharashtra as he is pushed from pillar to post and faced three transfers in two years. The story of an upright IAS officer proved that honesty is not the best policy if you head a civic body. Instead of being strict one has to act in accordance with the political party in the civic body to get their nod rather being outspoken all the time. Mundhe took the transfer in his own stride. He faced a similar situation when he was ex-Navi Mumbai Chief and now face the music after serving as chairman and managing director of Pune Municipal Corporation Limited, a public transport body, has now been posted as Municipal Commissioner of Nashik.
Earlier he was shunted from Solapur to Navi Mumbai. Actually March-April period is considered the time for transfer and it generally last up to June-July some time. But this IAS officer is put to test time and again and posted in a place of hardship as a punishment transfer. Some of the officers get the place of choice if they keep a close relationship with the ruling party and make good all the wishes of the political movers.
Mundhe is not of that type and ready to call a spade as spade and thus his transfer order came just 11 months after he was shifted from the post of Navi Mumbai Civic Chief. But he faced transfer trauma with grit and determination and continue to serve the civic body, which he heads with his cool and calculated approach to achieve all the civic aims in the shortest period also. He is a task master and Navi Mumbai benefited the most and the steps taken by him are religiously followed even now by his predecessor. Mundhe is not under pressure but continue to wage a war against political wings and prove that power did not corrupt during his regime.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)