M. Ravikumar, who assumed charge as Collector of Tuticorin district on Thursday, said adequate measures would be taken to check any irregularity and necessary action would be initiated against those who indulged in violations.

He was responding to a query from presspersons on measures to control illegal mining in the district. He said top priority would be accorded to redress any grievance of common people and ensure transparency in his administration as Collector.

Prior to his new assignment, Mr. Ravikumar, (55) who hails from Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram district, worked as Collector in Ariyalur district for five months. Mr. Ravikumar is the 22nd Collector of Tuticorin since the district was bifurcated from Tirunelveli on October 20, 1986.

A postgraduate in Political Science and also Law, he practised for six years in Madras High Court. After getting selected in Group I services, he was posted as Assistant Commissioner in Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. He also served as deputy collector in Cuddalore and in Tiruvallur.

Mr. Ravikumar worked in various capacities in Cooperative Department before being promoted as an IAS officer in February 2012. He had earned 26 years of work experience in the Cooperative Department. He was a special officer in Tuticorin Central Cooperative Bank in 2002. Besides, he had held various positions in Milk and Dairy Development and Civil Supplies Corporation.

Ashish Kumar, in his previous tenure of office as Tuticorin Collector, held the position for two years. He took up the reigns on July 28, 2011 and got transferred on August 6, 2013.

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