About Rule 38 Transfers

Rule 38 transfers may be permitted on the basis of declared vacancy i.e. direct recruit may be transferred against direct recruitment vacancy and promotee against a promotion vacancy. Further OC candidate should be transferred against OC vacancy, SC candidate against SC vacancy and ST candidate against ST vacancy.

(vi) Under Rule 38, inter-Circle and intra-Circle transfer from one distinct cadre to another viz. Post Oflices to Circle Office, Regional Office, SBCO, Postal Assistant to Sorting Assistant etc, or vice versa is not allowed. 

(vii) Only such officials who have put in minimum service of five years in the case of direct recruits in the cadre in question and three years in the case of surplus qualified officials wherever applicable would be eligible for transfer under Rule 38. Any relaxation in this regard should be matter of rarest exception. Transfer of officials who have not yet cleared the probation period should be permitted in deserving cases only.

(viii) Under the existing instructions, Heads of Circles i.e. CPMGs are fully empowered to permit such transfers with the approval of CPMG of the other Circle, where the transfer is sought. ln such cases where the prescribed conditions are met the approval of the Direciorate's would not be necessary.

(ix) As and when the applications are received for such transfers, it should be recorded in the register, which will serve as pr,iority list to be operated as and when vacancy (ies) arise.

(x) L-fnden R.ule 38, an official will be allowed to seek tnansfer ontrv twiceduning-his entire service.