Kerala government on Wednesday has transferred Devikulam Sub Collector Sriram Venkitaraman out from his post to the much amusement of the public. The young IAS officer was in the limelight after the encroachment drive in Munnar has once again strengthened few months ago.
The many moves of the bureaucrat in curbing encroachment in the area was meet the wide political protest with even the MLA of Munnar S Rajendran and other politicians coming out openly against the officer. The CPM leadership of the place was unhappy over Sriram and many pleas both officially and not went to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the removal of Sriram.
He is been posted as the Director of the Employment Exchange. The government soon after the removal has stated that there is nothing extraordinary in it but a 'usual' proceedure related promotion. Ramesh Chennithala has said that the move has been made for the resort mafia and he stated government should explain the removal of the collector.
The transfer of the officer had come very soon after High Court saying that it would not intervene in the sub collector's action to evict a home stay in Munnar and turn it to be a government office. VV George, the owner of Lovedale Home stay, approached the court challenging the eviction notice.
Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, who stood firmly behind the officer, said that the decision usual procedure as part of promotion and is only a routine transfer.
Sriram took over as the Devikulam sub collector in July 2016 and before that he was serving as the sub-collector of Pathanamthitta. He was part of the district's administration to free Sabarimala from plastics and has played a pivotal role in it.