IAS vs IAS — Mysuru DC, corporation chief transferred as spat over Covid handling turns ugly 

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government Saturday ordered the transfer of IAS officers Rohini Sindhuri and Shilpa Nag, following a power tussle between the two officials at the helm of the Mysuru administration. 

The move comes two days after Shilpa Nag tendered her resignation from the post of the Commissioner of the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), citing “harassment” by Rohini Sindhuri, the district’s deputy commissioner.

“Rohini Sindhuri Dasari, the Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru District, Mysuru, is transferred with immediate effect and posted until further orders as Commissioner for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments,” reads the notification issued by the Karnataka government. 

According to the order, Shilpa Nag has been posted as the director, e-Governance in the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. 

ThePrint reached Shilpa Nag and Rohini Sindhuri through phone calls but did not receive any response. The copy will be updated when they respond. 

Bagadi Gautham, the additional commissioner for Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), Bengaluru, has now been posted as the Mysuru deputy commissioner.

Lakshmikanth Reddy, managing director of the Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Limited, Bengaluru, has been posted as the MCC commissioner.

The spat

The spat between the two officials reached a peak Thursday when Shilpa Nag tendered her resignation as the Commissioner of the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), a post she had taken up in February. 

Nag announced her resignation in a press conference where she alleged, “Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri is constantly calling the higher-ups and complaining to them that no work is being done in the MCC.”

“Rohini Sindhuri is targeting me after media reports stated that the MCC is doing a good job in controlling the Covid-19 in the city,” she said. 

Sindhuri later released a press note denying the allegations. According to her, Nag had stopped attending Covid-19 reviews and MCC had been submitting unsigned and contradictory ward-wise Covid-19 figures on new cases, deaths and active cases. 

“I have ordered that government Covid Care Centres be opened in Mysuru City, which had failed to open a single CCC until recently…None of this constitutes harassment by any stretch of imagination,” Sindhuri had further alleged in the letter.

Although on the decline, the test positivity rate (TPR) in the district is among the highest in the state at 19.2 per cent. On Saturday, Mysuru had reported 1,155 cases and 22 deaths.

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)

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