Bihar government transfers 36 IAS, 41 IPS officers ahead of polls; calls it routine

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Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, the Bihar government on Saturday transferred 36 IAS and 44 IPS officers while attributing the move to a routine reshuffle.

The transfers were made in the run-up to a proposed visit of an Election Commission (EC) team, led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. The high-profile team will visit the state on August 7 and 8 to assess the situation ahead of the polls.

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“The state government transferred 44 IPS officers including superintendents of police of over a dozen district in view of the Election Commission’s directive,” an official said.

Two IPS officers were given an additional charge while one was promoted to the rank of Director General (DG).

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A notification issued by the General Administration Department also confirmed later in the evening that 36 IAS officers, mostly of District magistrate rank, have been shuffled.

Assembly elections are expected to be held in October-November in Bihar but the final dates are yet to be decided.

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