Nine assistant commissioners from Food and Drugs Administration (Maharashtra) are struggling to get their pending salaries — June 2017 to November 2017 — from the state. The officials were allegedly sent on forced leave in 2017, amid acute manpower shortage, for allegedly protesting their transfers.
Sources from FDA said the nine officials from Mumbai and Thane were transferred to other regions of Maharashtra in June 2018. However, they refused to take charge of their new postings and termed the transfers arbitrary.
“As per norms, transfers happen every three years so that an assistant commissioner gets enough time to understand jurisdiction allotted and perform his duties. But none of the nine officials had completed their tenure. After being ignored by the department [FDA], they approached Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT),” sources said.
However, FDA barred the nine officials from resuming duty in their original jurisdictions despite MAT staying their transfers.
Abhay Pandey, an activist pursuing the issue, said despite manpower crunch in FDA, the officials were made to sit at home for six months. This affected the functioning of drug inspection and licensing by the FDA.
Source – HT