Samajika Parivarthana Janandolana (SPJ) and Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), Karnataka, have appealed to Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to rethink the appointment of IAS officer E. Shivalingamurthy to the post of the Director of Women and Child Welfare Department.

An appeal

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, SPJ State organiser Y. Mariswamy has said Mr. Shivalingamurthy is one of the three IAS officers against whom a high-level committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary K. Jairaj, has recommended disciplinary action for their alleged involvement in illegal mining in the State. The State Cabinet also has accepted the report of the high-level committee, he said.

Mr. Mariswamy appealed to the Chief Minister to rethink on the appointment since it is “unfair and cannot be defended, and which may create unwanted controversy.”

In a release, CACL said an officer beyond blame should be appointed for a post that involves welfare of women and children in the State.