Staff Correspondent

Owing to their transfer, three posts have fallen vacant

The post of Municipal Commissioner is important considering the need to address civic issues

Deputy Commissioner has sent proposal to the Government seeking early appointments

Chitradurga: The absence of three district-level officials has not only affected governance in Chitradurga, but has also made it difficult for an official who has been given additional charge of the posts.

The posts include that of the Municipal Commissioner, headquarters assistant to the Deputy Commissioner and the Principal of the District Training Institute (DTI).

The post of Municipal Commissioner has been vacant for the past three months, following the transfer of the previous Commissioner, S.P. Mudhol, who has been posted to the Gulbarga Municipal Corporation.

Similarly, after the transfer of headquarters assistant B. Siddaiah and DTI Principal Khwaja Fahimuddin, both posts have remained vacant. In the absence of the three officials, Assistant Commissioner T. Venkatesh has been given additional charge of the posts. In view of his having to handle several civic problems, the post of Municipal Commissioner is considered to be vital. The city might soon face problems such as drinking water shortage, lack of cleanliness, clearance of pending bills and prevention of pilferage of water due to illegal tap connections.

Greater responsibility

“Being the head of the civic body, the Commissioner has greater responsibility towards maintaining overall civic administration. The functioning indeed gets hampered in his absence”, said Mr. Venkatesh.

Although he said he was trying to handle the additional responsibility, he said that only with a fulltime Commissioner could the administration be handled well. Mentioning a few practical difficulties, he said while clearing pending bills, the Commissioner was required to make personal inspections and review the work. Only when satisfied, could they be cleared. “This is easy for a fulltime Commissioner, but not for one who has been given additional charge”.

The post of headquarters assistant has been vacant for over a month now. Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas, who has sought quick filling up of these vacancies, said that for administrative work, the presence of the headquarters assistant was very important.

On the post of DTI Principal, Mr. Biswas said the post was significant as it entailed arranging for training of newly recruited staff in various departments. Without proper training, the staff may not work efficiently.

Mr. Biswas said he had sent a proposal for filling up all the posts. He hoped that within a week the Government would appoint a Commissioner, but was, however, not sure of the other two appointments.

He said a proposal had also been sent to the Government seeking creation of a sub-division in the district by appointing another Assistant Commissioner. He told The Hindu that with Chitradurga now having six taluks, it was difficult for one official to manage the entire district.

A proposal had been sent to the Government to include Challakere, Molakalmur and Hiriyur taluks into one composite whole by making Challakere as the sub-divisional headquarters.

Even Assistant Commissioner T. Venkatesh admitted that he was finding it tough to cover the entire district as the jurisdiction was vast. “If the district is bifurcated, then administrative work can be handled efficiently”, he added.