'Transfer Revenue officials'

Mayor B N Manjunath Reddy has directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner G Kumar Naik to  transfer all the officials who have been serving in the revenue department for more than three years.

At the BBMP Council meeting held on Wednesday, Bommanahalli MLA Satish Reddy and Councillor R S Satyanarayana expressed disappointment over the performance of the revenue officials. To this, the mayor said: “The commissioner should immediately transfer the employees from the revenue department within a week and report the details at the next meeting.”

Opposition leader in the BBMP Council, Padmanabha Reddy, pointed out that 62 officials had been serving in various departments for many years despite failing the department tests conducted periodically. He said regularising such officials violated rules. “Some officials have passed the test after 15 years and this has given rise to suspicions,” he said.

Congress leader M K Gunasekhar said that as per the new master plan, the Palike had earmarked 260 roads in the City for widening, but only seven to eight roads had been widened so far. Congress councillor Sampath Raj pointed out that a person named Mohammed Yusuf, whose property at Mahadevapura was utilised for road-widening, had been knocking on the doors of the BBMP from 2012 for compensation. The Palike is yet to transfer the development rights to him, he added.

In his response, Commissioner Naik said the government would bring out a set of rules pertaining to the Transfer of Development Rights.

Tribute to martyr
The councillors paid tributes to Lt Colonel Niranjan Kumar who was killed while defusing an explosive strapped to a terrorist’s body at the IAF base in Punjab’s Pathankot recently. Congress leader R S Satyanarayana requested the Palike to name a park or a playground after the late commando.

Mayor Reddy suggested that the councillors approach the civic agency and avoid seeking permission from the government to name roads and places after famous personalities.

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