Former mayor Shashidhar Hegde speaks on Hephsiba Rani’s transfer in a press meet. 

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Mangaluru, June 18: Following the transfer of Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde briefed the media on Wednesday June 17th the reasons which led to the transfer of MCC commissioner.

Shashidhar Hegde addressed a press meet at the Congress office here and spoke related to an incident wherein Hephsiba Rani had declined a proposal to hold a meet on development works hosted by the mayor.

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The mayor (Jacintha Vijay Alfred) had sent a letter to the commissioner which was signed by twenty councillors to hold a special meet on development works. But the MCC commissioner had not called the meeting. The mayor had called the special meeting to discuss issues like effective utilization of Rs 85 crore in premium affairs, continuing UGD work in the second phase of development projects, construction of bus bay at Pumpwell, and development of Central Market and markets at Kadri, Bejai, Kankanady and Surathkal. As detailed project report needs to be prepared and sent to the government, this special meeting was called to discuss various issues and pass those resolutions in the next general council meeting. But when the letter was sent to the MCC commissioner to attend this meeting, she replied that she was unable to attend it as she had prior commitments, and that the matter was already discussed in previous meetings and essential steps were taken as per law. When the mayor personally called her, she attended the meeting and gave vague answers and said that MLA do not have any right in the municipality, he said.

When meeting was called by Minister Ramanath Rai to discuss on the renovation works of the Town Hall, he directed for the sooner completion of the work. Hephsiba Rani said she would get the work completed in three months duration but she failed to do so, he said.

In Suratkal there is an office which mayor and commissioner are supposed to visit every Wednesday, but this commissioner has not visited it even once in her 6 months of service, he said.

Hegde said, there were 20 chairs outside the MCC commissioner’s office as people visit the office throughout the day. But except three chairs were kept and the rest were removed on the commissioners order. She also asked the attender to collect memorandums from people who came to submit them, but she did not check even a single memorandum and people’s problems remained unaddressed, he said.

Hephsiba Rani ordered the joint director not to issue completion certificates to builders and house owners without her consent. This had created a lot of trouble to the public as one cannot get electricity or water supply connection Without completion certificates, he said.

Sashidhar Hegde said that the reason behind addressing the media is that he wanted the people to know about the issues and the reason behind her transfer.

He also informed a new commissioner will be appointed at the earliest.

In the press meet, former Mayor Mahabala Maarla, Lancelot Pinto, Kavitha Vasu, Harinath Jogi, Ashok D K, Deepak Poojary, Prakash Salian, Bhaskar Moily, Rauf and others were present.

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