Shikha turns a homemaker; prepares tea for journalists

She might appear authoritarian when comes to work but she is friendly otherwise. She talks, takes care of her family, runs behind her children to feed them and indulge in daily household chores like any other woman. That’s the personality of outgoing Mysuru District Commissioner C Shikha who has been promoted as the Commissioner for Social Welfare Department on Wednesday.

Shikha, unlike her typical saree on duty, was attired in casuals when media persons met her at her residence on Thursday. That confused smile on her face was a vague indication that she was happy as well as sad because of the transfer. “It was my privilege working in the heritage city of Mysuru for three years. The days I spent here will go down as the most memorable days of my life,” Shikha said while maintaining the bright smile.

She prepared tea for journalists who came there for her bytes.

“I got the opportunity to be the part of Dasara for three years during which I offered flowers to the golden ambari – the chance which not all people get. Those days are unforgettable,” Shikha said when asked to share her happy days in Mysuru as DC.

When asked if she feels the transfer orders would have come after Dasara, Shikha diplomatically answered while hiding discontent behind her smile saying “It’s a routine process for which I was prepared. I handed over the charge to the Additional DC on Wednesday as I had to wind up some personal things including my children’s school transfer.

Perhaps the longest serving DC of Mysuru in the recent times, Shikha was instrumental in implementing almost all the projects and getting sanctioned funds from the government for the same.

“When I glance the past three years and try to assess them, I can only recollect moments that bring satisfaction. Work was my utmost priority and I have carried out them the best way possible,” she said, adding, “that’s how I could manage to take many initiatives including mass marriage programme during Dasara.”

She did forget to acknowledge the cooperation of officials in other departments including MCC, MUDA and the police. “Since the day I joined, I have been receiving immense cooperation from all the departments. I would be ungrateful if I don’t thank all the support and cooperation I got from the officials,” Shikha, who took charge as Mysuru DC first in March 2013 (for a short term), followed by in July 2013, said.

Mysuru has great tourism potential

Shikha said, with 30 lakh tourist footfall every year, Mysuru had a great tourism potential. The unique culture that it had managed to retain is ad-add on in attracting more number of people. “A lot has been done and a lot still to be done to promote Mysuru as the tourist destination. Single ticket-window would be a significant milestone in the area,” she said.

Wrong to link transfer with Marigowda

Shikha said that the transfer was a routine process as she had completed three years of service in July 2016. It was wrong to link the transfer with Marigowda case, she said.

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