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MCG Commissioner's transfer a 'promotion'
The news of sudden transfer of MCG Commissioner Vijay Dahiya has shocked all and sundry in Gurgaon, with councilors maintaining that the 'uncalled for' move would have a negative influence on the development of Gurgaon.

Dahiya, who was posted as the MCG commissioner in December 27 last year had hogged the headlines for his relentless efforts to speed up the development process in the city. On Wednesday, he got his transfer orders and he has reportedly been posted as joint secretary in the finance department against a vacant post in Chandigarh.

Even though MCG officials and councilors are tight-lipped over the move, yet some of them couldn’t stop expressing their shock over the sudden transfer. “I was surprised after I read it (news about transfer) in the newspaper today," Councillor Seema Pahuja told this citizen journalist . When asked if there was any particular reason behind the transfer, she replied in the negative. “We can't say anything right now, there can be any reason," she added.

Putting to rest all the speculations that there was something fishy about the transfer of Dahiya as MCG commissioner, one of his personal assistants said that he has been rewarded by the government. “He has been promoted and that is good for him as well," the assistant, who wished anonymity, said.

"Transfers of these kinds are a normal thing and they keep on happening. I do not know the reason behind this. We are totally unaware of what government plans and does; we are just doing our job," he added.

Praising Dahiya for being “honest and a hard working commissioner”, Mangat Ram Bagdi, councilor for ward number 10 expressed his disappointment over the decision. “I don't understand why he was transferred and that too in just two months. Two months is a small time for even settling at a position. But he was a very good man and whenever we went to him with a complaint or request we always returned with satisfaction,” Bagdi told this citizen journalist.

Maintaining that transferring was a normal process, Bagdi, however, suspects foul play in the way all this has happened. “There can be any possibility behind his sudden transfer. He was doing lots of thing at the same time. He told me personally that he will nab all big builders and industrialists in Gurgaon who default in paying House taxes so that common man will not have to suffer," Bagdi said.

Though he did not say that there could be any serious politics behind the transfer, but the unusual and sudden disappearance of Commissioner from his office can’t be ignored as from last two days Dahiya didn’t even come to the office and nobody in the MCG office has got any clue.

The last thing Dahiya did before his transfer was that he scolded contractor Satte Singh of Balaji Security Services and told him to make payments on the spot to sanitation workers.

In the absence of any official reason for his transfer, people have started raising questions over the credibility and the wisdom of the government behind the transfer of an officer who was putting all out efforts to bring some changes in the city. Just days after his appointment he started a massive anti-polythene drive in the city. And lately he took strict action against encroachments and gave illegal encroachers a hard time who were violating traffic rules and laws. But it is seems that government doesn’t like improved cities.

"I am happy that he is promoted (if that is the case) but this not good for this city as we have to start all things from zero again" Bagdi rued. "We want our city, especially the old parts to be developed,” he added.

Gurgaon Divisional Commissioner, Chander Parkash has been given the additional charge as MCG commissioner, according to The Times of India. Despite repeated attempts, this citizen journalist couldn’t reach him for comments.

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