"However it is noticed that the transferred officers bring political and other pressures on the undersigned or Head of Department to retain them in their original positions, though the transfers are within the same headquarters citing various reasons," Mr Palyekar has said in the order.
"Such pressures to retain one in the same office are not good for the working of the department and will be viewed very seriously. Chief Engineer and Director Administration should ensure that such instances should be discouraged by issue of memos and remarks on the same should be entered in their annual (confidential) report," the order said.
Mr Palyekar said many officials in his department showed a "lethargic attitude" and so a reshuffle was needed. "I have warned the officials in the department not to bring political pressures over the transfers in the Water Resources department," he said.