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TN bureaucrat shifted out for taking action on sand mining

Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is not the only one to face the government’s wrath for taking on the sand mafia. In Tamil Nadu’s Toothukudi, collector Ashish Kumar’s transfer order, after he took action against illegal sand mining, has raised eyebrows.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2013 00:19 IST
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Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is not the only one to face the government’s wrath for taking on the sand mafia. In Tamil Nadu’s Toothukudi, collector Ashish Kumar’s transfer order, after he took action against illegal sand mining, has raised eyebrows.

Though Kumar has been at his post for over two years and was to be transferred anyway, the timing of it has made it suspect and fed the furore over the bureaucracy being targeted.

“We are not in the transfer season. Transfers usually take place in summers to coincide with the start of a new academic session in schools and colleges,” said MG Devasahayam, a retired bureaucrat and civil society activist. “This one came within hours of raids on a company engaged in illegal sand mining.”

The administration had conducted raids at Vaippar and Vembar villages of Vilathikulam taluk following complaints that a mining company has been overstepping its limits.

Kumar confirmed that he has been transferred, but refused to comment on the matter. He would assume charge as deputy secretary in the department of social welfare and nutritious meal programme in Chennai within a few days, he added.