IAS Officer C. Shikha, who was serving as MD of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC) in city, this morning took charge as the new Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Mysore.

She replaces DC Dr. Ramegowda, who has been transferred as the Executive Director of Karnataka Jalasamvardhana Sangha at Bangalore.

Shikha, who arrived in a CESC vehicle, assumed charge at 10 am from Additional DC Naga Nayak.

Later, speaking to newspersons, the DC said that she hoped to effectively face the challenges and carryout the tasks.

Pointing out that Mysore has now been declared as a heritage city, she said one of her first priorities would be to showcase it as a heritage city by providing all necessary infrastructure and facilities.

Referring to water woes in the city, especially during the failure of monsoon, Shikha said she will strive for bringing in a proper distribution mechanism for supplying drinking water to all citizens while stressing the need for judicious usage of available water by citizens.

Pointing out that the components of JNNURM projects were well-designed, she said that she would make efforts to fast-track the JNNURM projects.

When asked about JUSCO’s fate, the new DC said the proposal to discontinue JUSCO was before the government and it will take a final decision in this regard.

The JUSCO operations is a tripartite agreement between JUSCO, KUWS&DB and MCC, the DC said and observed that JUSCO’s performance cannot be termed as a complete failure until all the works relating to 24x7 water supply scheme are executed by it.

Regarding the measures for preventing the spread of epidemics, the DC said the task force comprising Health, Revenue and other officials, formed by her predecessor, will work towards ensuring the arrest of the spread of epidemics, especially the dreaded dengue, across the district.

The Dasara preparations will begin soon and all efforts will be made to project the city as a heritage city during the Nada Habba, she said and added that it was for the government to take a decision on the formation of an exclusive Dasara Authority.

The DC’s phone-in-programme on the third Thursday of every month will continue and the redressal of public grievances would be given due priority, she added.

Assistant Commissioner Basavaraj, Shirastedar Ranganath and other officials were present.

Profile: C. Shikha, a 2004 batch IAS officer, had a short stint as Mysore DC in place of Dr. Ramegowda following the directions of the State Election Commission during the recent Assembly elections.

Later, Dr. Ramegowda, along with others, moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which ordered that the transfers be reversed after the elections. Accordingly, Shikha was posted back as MD of CESC.

Born and brought up in Madhya Pradesh, Shikha did her schooling in Indore, Bhopal and Kalpakkam and completed her BE in Instrumentation from NIT, Tiruchirapalli in 2002.

Before joining the Karnataka Cadre, Shikha worked for 4 months as SDO at Jamshedpur.

Daughter of D. Chandramohan, a retired Additional DGP of Madhya Pradesh and Omvati, a retired teacher, Shikha, in her first posting in Karnataka, served as the Assistant Commissioner at Gadag and later as MD of NWKRTC at Hubli, as Joint Director of ATI in Mysore, ZP CEO, Dharwad and DC of Gadag.

Her husband and former Mysore ZP CEO Dr. M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan, also an IAS Officer, is currently serving as the Joint Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The couple is blessed with a two-year-old son Dev.

A.B. Ibrahim is MD of CESC

Meanwhile, senior KAS officer A.B. Ibrahim has been posted as the Managing Director of CESC in place of Shikha.

Ibrahim had earlier served as MCC Commissioner and as Registrar (Evaluation) of Mysore University.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore