The state government has finally addressed the problems of officials, especially deputy commissioners in the state and lessened their work burden.
When the officials expressed their discomfort on their work pressure, then the government initiated the process of reducing the excess burden on them in 2012.
The CM of the previous government had convened a meeting of principal secretaries and district in-charge secretaries to discuss the issue on May 1, 2012 and started the process.
The present government issued an order on January 20, 2014 reducing the burden on the deputy commissioners by allotting the responsibility of committees of some departments constituted under the deputy commissioners to other officials including the ZP CEOs and Additional Deputy Commissioners.
The deputy director of the Mysore-based Administrative Training Institute had submitted the report on 99 general committees of various departments handled by the deputy commissioner in each district to the government.
According to his recommendation, Under Secretary of the Personnel and Administrative Reforms M V Shantaiah had issued an order continuing 36 general committees under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner, while 24 committees were transferred to the additional deputy commissioner and remaining 33 committees were shifted to the Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer.
According to the new order, the Deputy Commissioner has to conduct the meetings of total 36 committees including revenue officials, district-level committee of evicting encroachment of roads, parks and other public places, national festival committee, 10th Finance Commission implementation committee, peace committee, food security schemes committee, food transportation tender approval committee, district-level committee of the Prime Minister’s 15-point programmes, welfare committee, SC/ST land purchase committee, Kannada implementation, DIC single window, PMRY committee, agriculture insurance, sand transportation, forest land encroachment eviction committee, RTA, tourism, soldiers welfare committee, central jail advisory committee, waste management, health campaign, and others.
ADC has to look after 24 committees including district rehabilitation, urban development authority, local bodies, health committee, labour, stadium and others, while Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer has to handle woman and children illegal trafficking, dowry eradication committee, remand home, district library, common entrance test, SSLC-PUC exams, district malaria, tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS, pulse polio and others.