BANGALORE: A senior IAS officer who is said to have fallen out of favour with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was on Thursday transferred to another department.
Sanjiv Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR), had invited Siddaramaiah’s displeasure over the constitution of the Civil Services Board (CSB). He has now been given the post of Principal Secretary to the Housing Department. E V Ramana Reddy, who held the Housing Department post, will replace Kumar in DPAR.
According to sources at the Secretariat, the transfer was effected over the controversy surrounding the constitution of the Civil Services Board (CSB), the body proposed to decide on service issues, including transfers, of officers in the All-India Services. The state government has kept the formation of this body in abeyance.
Recently, Siddaramaiah and some of his senior Cabinet colleagues had vented their ire at Kumar after the latter told the High Court that the government “was prepared to constitute” the Civil Services Board, when in reality, it had kept in abeyance the executive order on forming the body.
“The transfer was finalised according to the Chief Minister’s discretion. The Cabinet sub-committee constituted to decide on the formation of the Civil Services Board and its powers is expected to submit its report soon,” an official source told Express.
The sub-committee, headed by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra, has been tasked with studying the Supreme Court directive asking states to submit their views on constituting the board.
Meanwhile, the government also transferred Yadgir Deputy Commissioner F R Jamadar, another IAS officer, to Ramanagaram.