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Minister heckled over transfer

Staff Correspondent


Transfer termed as an anti-Dalit step

Minister promises to take it up with Yeddyurappa


KOLAR: Activists of several Dalit outfits and other organisations gheraoed district in-charge Minister S.N. Krishnaiah Shetty here on Friday urging revocation of transfer order of the zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer F.R. Jamadar, who has handed over the charge to the new incumbent.

Activists led by Harohalli Narayanswamy staged a dharna in front of Chennaiah Rangamandira where Teachers’ Day function was organised.

When the Minister came out of the function, the protesters mobbed him demanding immediate reinstatement of Mr. Jamadar.

Mr. Shetty said: “I too respect Mr. Jamadar as a sincere and efficient officer. But since the transfer is the discretion of the Chief Minister, I will have to take it up with him.” Not satisfied with this reply, the leaders of the associations announced that they would call for a Kolar bandh soon.

Even as activists of several Dalit outfits and other organisations staged a dharna outside the zilla panchayat office here on Thursday, demanding cancellation of the transfer of Mr. Jamadar, the new incumbent G.V. Ranga Rao took charge.

At one stage, the protesters stormed into the chambers and urged Mr. Jamadar not to hand over charge.

The agitators raised slogans against Mr. Shetty for his alleged hand in the transfer of Mr. Jamadar.

They also protested against the ‘anti-Dalit’ stance of the Bharatiya Janata Party government responsible for the transfer.

Mr. Jamadar acknowledged the support of the people but said it was imperative that an employee should obey the government order.

“Due to frequent transfer of officers at the helm of affairs, the development of the district is adversely affected,” Mr. Narayanswamy said.

Dalit Students’ Federation, Dalita Pragathipara Sanghatanegala Okkoota, Karnataka Tippu Secular Sena, Bharatiya Dalit Sena, Akhila Karnataka Hindu-Muslim-Christian Dalita Prachara Samiti and other organisations led the protest.

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