Rising to the level of executive, excise dept's way

From stenographer to Dy SP. This was how some among the 19 Dy SPs who passed out saw a rise in their career, to the applause of their kith and kin who had gathered at the academy.

One such officer was Chelma C, who is also a native of Mysore. Born and brought up in N R Mohalla here, she is the daughter of Chinnappa and Veronica couple. Chinnappa has retired as the superintendent of Government CPC Polytechnic, Mysore.

Chelma told Deccan Herald, she joined the department as steno in the year 1987. She was later promoted as office superintendent equal to the rank of inspector and is now DySP already serving in neighbouring Mandya district.

She is a B Com graduate from the University of Mysore. Similar is the story of B Shivaprasad who is now Dy SP at the office of excise deputy commissioner in Tumkur. A native of Baginehalli in Magadi taluk in Ramanagar district, he too joined the department as steno. Besides BA degree, he has diploma in stenography.

“From being an office staff to the officer on field, it gives a different exposure and opportunity to deal with challenges in the profession,” said Shivaprasad.

Such staff have to excel in the departmental exams to earn the promotion. Other two women Dy SPs- Geeta D Joshi from Hubli and Shylaja from Bangalore started as steno and FDA respectively.

Unlike police department where the office staff are deprived of the opportunity to serve as an executive, the staff at excise department have the privilege of experiencing both executive and non-executive duty.

Needless to say, it also helps address vacancies and also encourage the budding officers among the novices.

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