Udupi, Feb 24, 2017: T. Venkatesh, outgoing Udupi Deputy Commissioner, said on Feb 23, Thursday that he had never worked against his conscience in all the departments that he had served, and had followed rules and regulations in the discharge of his duties. He was speaking at a farewell function organised for him at the Zilla Panchayat Hall, here. DC Venkatesh said that he was surprised when he had been transferred and appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district six-and-a-half months ago.
But before he could completely understand the district, he had been transferred again as Managing Director of Mysuru Sugar Company Ltd. But as Deputy Commissioner, he had disposed of files faster to avoid problems for the common man.
He said that he had stopped illegal sand extraction in the district. He had also stopped sand coming into the district from other districts. This was the reason there was no shortage of sand for construction and development activities in the district. “I have not done anything illegal. Even in the case of toll collection in the district, I have followed the government’s guidelines. The decision of toll collection is not mine,” he said.
Though there was staff shortage, Udupi district had topped the State in the implementation of the Bhoomi scheme. “I was able to perform well only because of the cooperation of all officers and staff in the district,”
In her felicitation address, Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner, said that out going DC Venkatesh had a deep knowledge about matters relating to the Revenue Department. He worked with equanimity and did not succumb to any pressure. He followed rules and regulations in his decisions. This would be an inspiration to all officers, she said.
G. Anuradha, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said that during his short tenure, Mr. Venkatesh had cleared encroachments on 152 acres of land. He had given his nod in 469 cases of land conversion. Nearly 99 per cent of cases in the District Magistrate’s court had been disposed of.
Sheela K. Shetty, president of Zilla Panchayat, Meenakshi Bannanje, president of Udupi City Municipal Council, Nalini Pradeep Rao, president of Udupi Taluk Panchayat, Shilpa Nag, Assistant Commissioner, and N. Vishnuvardhana, Additional Superintendent of Police, were present.