By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore May 16, 2011: Dr N S Channappa Gowda, took charge as deputy commissioner of Mangalore on Monday 16 May 2011. The surprise move of this transfer has come at a time when the outgoing DC of Mangalore Mr Subodh Yadav is away in Lucknow to attend a family function. His successor is Dr N S Channappa Gowda of 1999 batch of IAS was serving as a deputy commissioner of Chikmagalur district.
Dr Gowda besides having served earlier as the CEO of Mysore Zilla Panchayat, he has previously served as the special officer of the newly-carved Ramanagaram district, DC of Uttar Kannada and managing director of the Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation. He is a keen golfer and a member of the Karnataka Golf Association.
Speaking to the media Dr. N S Channappa Gowda said that till date he has served in four districts and successfully conducted Dasara in Mysore while he was serving there. In Uttara Kannada, Dr Gowda said thriving business in sand mining was going on for a very long time especially for commercial purpose and was being transported to Goa, but after taking charge as DC of the district he had stopped any illegal mining business there. He has also introduced solar electric facilities to the remote tribal community in Uttara Kannada.
Dr Gowda had worked in Ramanagaram District for a short period of 2 months. At Chikmagalur district, he intervened to resolve the land dispute between the residents and the city corporation to implement the road widening project at Ratnagiri. Dr Gowda also made Chikmagalur district free from using plastic bags.
Dr Gowda recalling his tenure as the Commissioner of the MUDA from 1995 to 2000 said that since then many things have changed in Mangalore with roads being concertized, increase in traffic and many high rise buildings have come up. Expressing his concern for the poor people he said that to make the system easily accessible for every common citizen all the pending files will be settled soon. He also said that he is ready to meet the public anytime to listen to their grievances, adding that “I don’t want to be a white collar man.” He promised to give a transparent administration where the people can come and share their grievances anytime.
ADC Prabhakar Sharma, Asst Commissioner Prabhulinga Kavalakatti, Food Officer Varshabendra Murthy and DDLR Kusumakar were present on the occasion and welcomed the new DC.