Kendrapara, June 23 (LocalWire): The transfer of Prem Chandra Chaudhury within two months of his taking charge as the district collector of Kendrapara has once again raised the issue of unstable tenure of the district magistrates in this coastal area.
During the 26 years of its formation, Kendrapara has seen 44 district collectors, including 11 collectors in the last four years itself.
Locals allege vested interest and political motives behind the frequent changes.
“Kendrapada got its 44th collector on Friday after the state government decided to replace Chaudhury with Samarth Verma.
Nobody knows how many days the newly appointed collector will be able to work in this district.
Frequent changes of collector affect developmental works,” Kendrapara Citizen Forum president and retired engineer Biswanath Behera said.
Chaudhury worked as a collector from 6 May to 21 June 2019, the shortest tenure of any district collector here.
Among his predecessor Dasarathi Satapathy was posted in the district from 4 August 2018 to 5 May 2019, Reghu G from 26 April 2017 to 3 August 2018, and Muralidhar Mallick from 27 November 2016 to 21 April 2017.
During the recently concluded elections, the BJP had requested the chief election commissioner to take strong action against Chaudhury for his alleged role in the distribution of relief by material by BJD leaders and activists in cyclone-affected Patkura Assembly segment on the eve of the by-election.
BJP had also demanded his removal from the post of the district collector to maintain impartiality and transparency in the distribution of relief material and to ensure free, fair and impartial by-poll in Patkura.
“It is unjust on the part of the government to transfer collectors frequently in Kendrapada.
The frequent changes at the top echelon of the district administration affect developmental work in the district.
While officers keep moving in and out, the problems of people remain unattended.
Ruling party MLAs and leaders are forcing the senior officials to dance to their tunes by changing officials,” district lawyers’ association president and senior lawyer Dhruba Charana Jena said.