The transfer of M.R. Ravi, who until a few days ago was Commissioner of the Mysore City Corporation (MCC), has stirred a hornet’s nest.
On Thursday, the former Mayor Purushotham and pourakarmikas staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, demanding that the State government bring Dr. Ravi back as Commissioner. They alleged that the official was targeted for being a Dalit.
Dr. Ravi was reportedly transferred on the grounds that officers could not stay in their home district during elections (the local body election is coming up). But, Mr. Purushotham told The Hindu , the ex-Commissioner, who was posted to MCC some eight months ago after a stint as senior Assistant Commissioner at Kodagu, knew the city well. Minister in charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas should have stepped in to retain Dr. Ravi in the interest of development of Mysore, he said.
Mr. Purushotham played down the tiff between Mayor M.C. Rajeshwari, who is also a Dalit, and Dr. Ravi. “It is a trivial issue,” and could not be the reason for the transfer, he said.
President of the Mysore Mahanagara Palike Pourakarmikara Sangha N. Mara told The Hindu that pourakarmikas would strike work if Dr. Ravi was not reinstated in three days. The development works initiated by Dr. Ravi ought to continue, he said.
K.S. Rame Gowda, Deputy Commissioner, who received the memorandum, said the matter would be looked into.
P.G. Ramesh has taken over as MCC Commissioner.