Officer heading it transferred in 4 days

Barely four days after appointing an IAS officer as Managing Director to revive the loss-making North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), the Government has transferred him to head another State Government corporation.

Few IAS officers want to head this corporation. Primarily because NWKRTC is headquartered at Hubli, outside Bangalore, and owing to the immense challenge required to revive the corporation.

Since IAS officers chosen for this post are in the rank of Commissioner/ Joint Secretary, they would have already served in districts and prefer to work in Bangalore.

However, Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996 batch IAS officer and Joint Secretary with Urban Development Department, took his posting to NWKRTC in right earnest and reported to duty on July 1. The officer was also holding the posts of Commissioner of Directorate of Urban Land Transport and Member-Convener of the Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority and had developed a passion for public transport.

On Monday, he got his marching orders and was posted as Managing Director of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation. During his stint in the Urban Development Department, Mr. Mohsin through DULT and BMLTA, had initiated several measures towards encouraging public transport, including popularising cycling, car pooling, pedestrian zones and the like.

A senior government official concerned with the revival of the corporation wondered whether the Government was serious in giving a new lease of life to NWKRTC. “At a time when few IAS officers opt for a posting to Hubli, Mr. Mohsin went with a determination to bring NWKRTC on track. The latest Government move will definitely have a bearing on the functioning of the corporation,” the officer said. Only three IAS officers held this post earlier, that too for very short periods.

NWKRTC has over the years accumulated a loss of about Rs. 300 crore. Though it earned profits of Rs. 11.71 crore and Rs. 12.28 crore in 2001-02 and 2002-03 respectively, its downfall began from 2003-04.

The losses are attributed to gross mismanagement even as six officers who had served this corporation are facing departmental inquiry with regard to irregularities that resulted in losses.

New man

Sources in the Transport Department told The Hindu that the Chief Minister's office has now recommended the name of Hemaraju, Director (Technical) with KSRTC to head NWKRTC. Regarded as one of the tough officers in the State transport corporations, Mr. Hemaraju's posting to the same position last year was cancelled abruptly.

  • NWKRTC has accumulated a Rs. 300-crore loss
  • Losses are attributed to mismanagement