Vacancies stare at MCC Commr

Ravikumar takes charge; Krishna SE; four posts remain to be filled

M R Ravikumar on Tuesday took charge as the new and 35th commissioner of Mysore City Corporation (MCC).

The outgoing commissioner K S Raykar handed over the charge to Ravikumar, who is a Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravikumar said being a Mysorean he will go with the public opinion before implementing the projects.

When Deccan Herald assessed the situation in the civic body, that’s unlikely when compared to the previous years, for Ravikumar, he is new with superintending engineer who took charge a few days ago, while four top posts in the MCC remain vacant.

Just a few days into the transfer of Raykar, superintending engineer Mahesh was transferred to Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA). Another superintending engineer S E Suresh Babu (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) was transferred to Public Works Department (Mysore circle) recently.

Much before the two, health officer Dr Nagaraj retired. Earlier to them, revenue officer T N Balachandra and council secretary Gayatri were also transferred. The irony is, both the posts are being handled as additional responsibilities by public relations officer (PRO) Sudha.

While Mahesh was succeeded by Krishna recently, the posts falling vacant after Suresh Babu and Nagaraj remains to be filled. The acting officers are performing the duties here too.

When Raykar was transferred, after his four-year-long service in the corporation, there was a debate among staffers.Whether it’s fair on the part of the government to transfer an officer when most of the works were in their final stages?
Take for example Nurm, zero waste management, Kabini second stage drinking water project, to name a few. Buzz is whether Ravikumar, who is just six years old into the administrative service, could run the show with a team of top officers who exist but on temporary basis.

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