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Mysuru DC C Shikha transferred - 3 min read

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Mysuru: C Shikha, deputy commissioner of Mysuru has been transferred as commissioner of social welfare department on August 10. During her three and half year tenure in Mysuru district as Deputy Commissioner she had to face of lot of challenges which she managed to overcome all.
No question of backing out now, says Mysuru DC over complaint row-1C. Shikha, an IAS officer of the 2004 batch, took charge as Deputy Commissioner of Mysore on March 27 due sudden transfer of Ramegowda who had taken charge only on February 2. She was the second woman IAS officer to occupy the Deputy Commissioner’s post in the district. Meera Saxena held the post in 1983-84. Soon after taking charge as Deputy Commissioner, her priority was to conduct free and fair assembly elections besides providing drinking water and fodder to cattle during the ensuing summer.

She was successful in conducting assembly election, council election and also dasara celebration: She had just two months to conduct fourteenth legislative assembly election for eleven assembly constituencies including Varuna constituency represented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Without any hindrance she successfully conducted legislative assembly election which was held on May 5, 2013. Apart from conducting assembly election, she also managed to conduct MLC election successfully. During her nearly three and half year tenure she also successfully conducted dasara for three years, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Farmer’s suicide: In 2015, there was severe drought in the district due to which many farmers committed suicide. She managed to take some good initiatives to curb farmer’s suicide in the district.

Thought a lesson to congress leader K Marigowda, who was close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah: On July 3, Marigowda allegedly intimidated Shikha at Government Guest House for not relieving the then Mysuru tahsildar Naveen Joseph even after his transfer to Yadgir. The DC was there to receive Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had come to the city to attend an Iftar party. Marigowda shouted at Shikha while she was moving towards her vehicle to join the CM’s convoy. He was upset with Naveen as he had cleared an encroachment of a government land at Hebbal in city on which Marigowda’s friend had developed a residential layout. Also, the DC cancelling the bar license of a resort owned by Marigowda’s brother-in-law a few days earlier had not gone down well with him. Irked Shikha lodged complaint against Marigowda at Nazarbad Police Station. Soon after coming to know about the case filed by Shikha, he was found absconding and it was only after High Court rejected bail and told to appear before local court. With no other option Marigowda surrendered before Nazarbad police station on August 3. He was later produced before Third JMFC Court. Judge G Deepa sent him to judicial custody till August 16 following which he was taken to the Mysuru Central Jail.

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Hailing from neighboring Tamil Nadu, the 2004 batch IAS officer Shikha is an engineer in Instrumentation Technology. Having served in Gadag as Deputy Commissioner and CEO in 2009, Shikha served as Dharwad ZP CEO during 2009-10 before becoming the Director of Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Mysore in 2012 and subsequently posted as MD of CESC.

D Randeep to replace C Shikha as Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru district: Randeep who is serving as Deputy Commissioner of Bijapur will be next Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru district.

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