With the state government issuing transfer orders to C Shikha, the outgoing Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru, citizens of the city, especially women, hit the roads in opposition to the transfer.
The women demanded the retention of Shikha as the DC of Mysuru describing her work as ‘commendable.’ Shikha was one of the very few women officials who had made name for discharging her duties efficiently. We want her to continue in the post of Mysuru DC, the protesting women in front of DC’s office said.
Members of BJP’s Mahila Morcha in Mysuru too held a demonstration demanding Shikha’s retention and criticising the Congress government for transferring her.
Similar concerns were raised by the Mayor B L Bhyrappa on Thursday. In a press meet at the Mysuru City Corporation, Bhyrappa urged the state government to retain the IAS officer at least till Dasara.
“Shikha has managed the festival successfully during the last three years. As the Deputy Commissioner will be assigned as Special Officer of the Dasara festivities, it will be a challenging task for a new person to learn about the various aspects of the festival, he said.
JD(S) MLA representing Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency G T Deve Gowda too appealed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to retain Shikha.
While it is said that Shikha has been transferred after the episode involving her and former Mysuru Zilla Panchayat president K Marigowda, Shikha had clarified on Thursday that her transfer had nothing to do with the incident. “The transfer is a routine process wherein an IAS officer is transferred after serving for three years at one place. It is wrong to link the transfer with Marigowda issue,” Shikha said.
Shikha has already handed over the charge to the Additional Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday.
It may be recalled that Shikha had lodged a complaint against Marigowda for intimidating and verbally abusing her. Marigowda, who went absconding for a month, later surrendered before the police. He has now been remanded to judicial custody till August 16.