In what could be a precursor to another major bureaucratic shuffle later this month, the Maharashtra government on Monday transferred 25 IAS officers, including controversial Panvel commissioner Sudhakar Shinde. The BJP-led Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had moved a no-confidence motion against Mr. Shinde, who was facing pressure over transfer of the newly developed City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) nodes to the PCMC. The motion against the PCMC commissioner was rejected by the government this month. The timing of Mr. Shinde’s transfer indicates that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is buckling under pressure from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Prashant Thakur after he transferred Mr. Shinde as the CEO of the Mahatma Jotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. Meanwhile, the Opposition slammed the government for “frequent” transfers, while senior officials said they were “surprised” at the pace with which the government has been conducting transfers. “Frequent transfer are a trademark of the Fadnavis government. The officers are not even allowed to complete their tenure of minimum two years. We condemn government’s efforts to make bureaucrats puppets,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. More transfers likelySources in the government said with the Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick due to retire in April end, another round of transfers could be expected. Mr. Mullick is likely to take over as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Contenders for the chief secretary’s post include additional chief secretaries D.K. Jain, Medha Gadgil and Sudhir Shrivastava. Among others transferred today are S.R. Jondhale who replaces Sampada Mehta as Collector, Mumbai City District. Naval Kishor Ram will be the new district collector of Pune replacing Saurav Rao who has been transferred as Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation. The Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Ashwin Mudgal will be district collector of Nagpur, Mr. Fadnavis’s home district. Lakshmi Narayan Mishra will be the new district collector of Washim district. Rahul Dwivedi has been shifted to Ahmednagar as collector. S.L. Mali will be the new Commissioner of Nanded Municipal Corporation and M.G. Adrad the new Commissioner of Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation.Shekhar Channe will be the new Maharashtra Transport Commissioner.