In row with minister, IT-BT principal secretary Srivatsa Krishna shifted
Bengaluru: IT-BT principal secretary Srivatsa Krishna, who was shifted on Wednesday to the post of Secretary to the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms(e-governance) in a major reshuffle of Karnataka bureaucracy, supposedly due to differences with IT-BT minister S R Patil.His place went to 1987 batch IAS officer V Manjula.
Krishna objected to IT-BT minister S R Patil’s decision to hand over a project to a private company without inviting bids. The officer had also objected to the minister’s missive to Keonics (Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited) to buy pillows and blankets without a tender on behalf of the social welfare department, to be distributed among hostel kids.
Krishna, a Harvard Business School alumnus, was seen by the IT industry as a proactive bureaucrat who helped bring major investments to the state and create a salubrious environment for technology startups.
A 1994 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, Krishna, was previously part of the leadership team that pioneered e-governance in India and helped develop IT in Hyderabad. Krishna, has also worked in The World Bank Group and IFC in Washington DC.
Among the 18 IAS officers transferred, N Nagalambika Devi, Principal Secretary to the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports has been transferred to the post of Principal Secretary to the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj in place of Ganga Ram Baderiya, who has now been posted as the Secretary to the Social Welfare Department.
Executive Director of Jalasamvardhane Yojane, N Manjunath has been posted as the Secretary to the Agriculture Department. Commissioner for Cane Development and Director of Sugar M K Aiyappa has been moved to the post of Registrar to Co-operative Societies.