Administration hit by frequent transfers

Staff Correspondent

12 tahsildars have been transferred in 11 months in

H.D. Kote

MYSORE: Administration in H.D. Kote, one of the most backward taluks in the State, has been affected to a great extent owing to frequent transfer of tahsildars.

Twelve tahsildars have been transferred in 11 months following the controversy surrounding H.D. Kote Congress legislator K. Chikkanna allegedly producing a false caste certificate to contest the 2008 Assembly elections.

It is said that tahsildars were being transferred to allegedly safeguard political interests of Mr. Chikkanna, as the Karnataka High Court directed the tahsildar, who is also the taluk magistrate, in April 2009 “to decide the matter after hearing the petitioner (Mr. Chikkanna) and decide the matter strictly in compliance with the relevant provisions of the Rules as expeditiously as possible at any rate within a period of three months”.

The previous tahsildar, Anil Kumar, who had agreed to submit the final report (on the issue on ST certificate to Mr. Chikkanna) by the second week of January on the direction of Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan, was transferred recently. Mr. Manivannan, who refused to relieve him, had issued a show-cause notice to him. Following which, Mr. Anil Kumar had sought 15 days to finalise the report.

However, Mr. Anil Kumar has now got himself relieved from the charge.

A senior official in the district administration told The Hindu that despite the Chief Minister's directive to post a protocol tahsildar to H.D. Kote and put an end to the controversy, the Revenue Department has not taken any action.

When contacted, Mr. Manivannan said he had requested the Government to post protocol tahsildar Naveen Joseph to H.D. Kote at the earliest.