Bhupalpally Collector in the eye of a storm

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Reported comments of abuse made against MPDOs by the District Collector, A Murali, have sparked protests by the members of Warangal District MPDOs Association and created controversy.

Bhupalpally: Reported comments of abuse made against MPDOs by the District Collector, A Murali, have sparked protests by the members of Warangal District MPDOs Association and created controversy.

As many as 50 Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) have gone on a mass leave on Thursday across the erstwhile Warangal district as a mark of protest against the Collector’s remarks. It was said that during a recent video conference, the Collector, A Murali, hurled insults at the MPDOs working in the district.

“The Collector with his behaviour is subjecting us to severe mental torture. We are losing respect among our sub-ordinate staff because of his attitude, which is also derogating the government as well as common public,” the leaders complained in a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari, ZP Chairperson G Padma and CEO S Vijayagopal.

Speaking to The Hans India, the association president M Srinivas Rao has strongly condemned Murali’s comments. The Collector should convene a meeting with the association leaders and withdraw his comments forthwith, he demanded. Further plan of action would depend on the Collector’s response, the association leaders said and added that the Deputy CM Srihari had assured them to speak to the Collector in resolving the issue.

The association has also asked the Collector to revoke the suspension of an MPDO P Sreedhara Swamy working at Mulug Ghanpur. He was placed under suspension for failing to attend video conference on Tuesday evening on ODF works and for switching off his mobile phone.

The suspended MPDO said he had no information about the video-conference and after working hours he had gone to a village to visit the family members of a relative, who passed away recently. The officials could not reach him over phone since there was no signal in the village, he noted.

It might be noted that the District Collector Murali was in controversy in the past for reportedly asking the tribals in agency villages to kill and eat wild boar and for asking the villagers to pledge in the name of CM KCR to quit gudumba brewing.

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