Mysuru, September 29:- How effective is the frequent transfer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers? It is anybody’s guess. The successive governments in Karnataka have been indulging in such practices over the years. Despite being criticised time and again, the result has remained the same!
Barely a month ago, B Sharath, who belongs to 2011 IAS batch, had taken charge as Mysuru Deputy Commissioner from Abhiram G Sankar. In a sudden move that has surprised and angered many, he has been transferred and Rohini Sindhuri, a 2009 IAS batch officer, has been asked to take charge with immediate effect. In fact, she took charge today (September 29).
With Mysuru Dasara festival hardly a month away, the transfer of a top bureaucrat at this juncture when the preparations for the 10-day festival is picking pace has been questioned by many.
Many organisations have expressed their anger over the state government move to transfer Sharath and bring in Rohini. Questioning the veracity of the action, Mysuru Nagarika Vedike staged a protest near Mysuru District Courts here on Tuesday. MCC councillor Lokesh Piya, who led the protest, said, “We want the government to withdraw transfer order.” They were in fact against Rohini coming in the place of Sharath. “We will be forced to intensify our protests if the order is not withdrawn.”
Including Rohini, six IAS officers have been transferred. She was serving as Commissioner for Religious and Charitable Endowments. She had earlier served as Mandya Zilla Panchayat CEO and Hassan Deputy Commissioner.
Sharath has been transferred and he is yet to know where the posting is. This is Rohini’s third transfer since the Bharatiay Janata Party came to power in the state.
Rohini, who was asked to take charge immediately, arrived in Mysuru and got into action. She was at Chamundi Hills today morning (September 29) to offer prayers to Goddess Chamundeshwari. The temple staff accorded a cordial welcome to her. Chief priest Dr Shashishekar Dikshit conducted special puja. Rohini was at the temple for about 30 minutes. (MR/KS)