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Former BMRCL chief without post,govt denies attempt to discipline

Officials involved in the transfers ordered on Wednesday insisted that the former BMRCL chief was not being punished

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: August 15, 2013 4:15:52 am

Senior IAS officer N Sivasailam,who was shunted out of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited on August 10 despite a record of high efficiency,remained without a posting even as transfers were ordered by the Karnataka government on Wednesday,signalling that the officer could be receiving indirect punishment for a closed style of functioning he adopted at the BMRCL.

Officials involved in the transfers ordered on Wednesday insisted that the former BMRCL chief was not being punished and that the delay in giving Sivasailam a posting had more to do with finding a position to suit the credentials and temperament of the 1985 batch IAS officer.

“The decision on postings has to be taken at the highest level. A suitable position has to be found for the former BMRCL chief. It may even take some more time because the CM is involved in the August 21 bylections to the Lok Sabha. This is not to be construed as punishment,’’ a Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms official said on the condition of anonymity.

One of the factors cited as preventing the former BMRCL chief from getting a quick posting — even to position vacated by his BMRCL successor Pradeep Singh Kharola at the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation — is his lack of experience outside government corporations over the last two decades.

Sivasailam on his part refused to comment on being left without a posting after his abrupt transfer.

“I don’t know the reason why there has been no posting and I don’t interfere with government decisions. It is not necessary for the government to give a reason for posting or not posting me,’’ the former BMRCL chief said when contacted on Wednesday.

Despite the assurance from the government that the former BMRCL chief’s transfer and lack of posting was a routine affair,the buzz in the bureaucratic circles is that Sivasailam’s approach of efficiency was not too well received in the political set up.

A perception that had crept in among sections of the public and elected representatives that the former BMRCL chief was curt and abrasive in his public interactions and repeated complaints in this regard from various quarters is believed to have gone against Sivasailam.

“There is no doubt that the BMRCL has been one of the most efficient entities in Karnataka. But the efficiency needed to be tempered correctly,’’ an official familiar with the BMRCL situation said.

“Government work is collaborative in nature and people sometimes tend to forget that. Things had reached a stage where the BMRCL chief was projecting an image of being the main force behind the project and this has not gone down well,’’ said a senior Congress politician from Bangalore.

Sivasailam was transferred even as a 10.30 km-long stretch of the Metro with 10 stations from Peenya to Swastik Circle in north Bangalore is set to open for commercial operations in September to add to the 6.7 km stretch in east Bangalore that opened in October 2011. The stretch of 42 km in the first phase is projected for completion in March 2015.

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