In the wake of alleged harassment by the deputy commissioner of the district Rohini Sindhuri, the Mysuru city municipal corporation commissioner Shilpa Nag announced her withdrawal from the post. DC Sindhuri ad on Friday claimed that she only sought details from Nag about the ₹ 12 crore CSR fund used in the city, besides Coronavirus tally details.
"We wanted to utilise the Corporate Social Responsibility funds for COVID management under a government programme 'Vaidyara Nade, Halli Kade' (Doctors' march towards villages). So I asked where the funds had gone. I wanted to know whether the entire ₹ crore of CSR fund was spent on the city and how it was utilised," Ms Sindhuri said on the interests of a function.
The funds were required for the VNHK programme, said the deputy commissioner adding that the details have not been shared yet.
Ms Sinduri further said she has inquired Gram Panchayat and municipal ward wise details of COVID infections to assure that Mysuru district is free from COVID by July 1.
She stated, "We need to join hands and give correct data. It cannot be right if one day you say there are 400 infections and 40 the next day. These discrepancies should not be fed to the COVID war room.”
All details have been brought under the notice of Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar, she informed. "We have already issued a press note and we have brought the entire thing to the notice of Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar", she said.
As per sources in the government, Ravi Kumar reportedly has asked Ms Nag how she chaired a press conference without bringing the matter to his knowledge.
Meanwhile, the government has ordered the Regional Commissioner of Mysuru to carry a probe on reports about the construction of a swimming pool and a gymnasium at the Mysuru deputy commissioner's official residence at a cost of ₹ 50 lakh. The regional commissioner has also directed to submit the report within a week.
The dispute between the two senior IAS officers came to light, the former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has stated that this matter has shown the inability of the government.
Mr Kumaraswamy on Twitter wrote, "The open quarrels between the Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru district and the Municipal Commissioner of Mysuru city have raised suspicions in the state whether the government is in existence or not.”
The Congress state chief DK Shivakumar while putting his thoughts on this issue said: "Yatha Raja, Tatha Adhikari (As is the king, so are the officials)."
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