CFTRI director Prof Ram Rajasekharan transferred

Mysuru, August 28:- Few days after Pro-Kannada activists raised allegations against Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) director Prof Ram Rajasekharan for allegedly practicing anti-Kannada stand, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has transferred him to the CSIR headquarters in New Delhi.

Pro-Kannada organisations and activists had recently claimed that there is no conducive atmosphere at the CFTRI campus for Kannadigas and also alleged that Prof Rajasekharan was against the Kannadigas. The group also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who in return assured them to get a report on it.

Following this, the Karnataka Development Authority chairman S G Siddaramaiah conducted a meeting with CFTRI director and also the Pro-Kannada activists recently.

Now just few weeks after the meeting, the CSIR has issued an order transferring Prof Rajashekharan from CFTRI to CSIR headquarters.

The rift between the Kannada activists and CFTRI director began when Prof Rajashekharan suspended two employees associated with a Kannada cultural organisation. He also shut down Kannada Sahrudaya Balaga at the CFTRI premises. Following this the Kannada organisation demanded his transfer over his anti-Kannada stand.

However, recently at a meeting convened at CFTRI Prof Rajasekharan rubbished the allegations and clarified that the closure of Kannada Sahrudaya Balaga on the CFTRI premises was on account of a directive issued by the Centre against allowing cultural organisations at the premises.

In the backdrop of this series of events, the CSIR in a letter dated August 25 has transferred Prof Rajasekharan as the director (Special Projects and Initiatives), CSIR, New Delhi.

The additional charge as the director of CFTRI has been now given to Dr Jitendra Jadhav who is presently serving as the director of CSIR-NAL (National Aerospace Laboratories), Bengaluru.

-(KS, KK)

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