Thiruvananthapuram: The government has transferred the senior most Kerala State Planning Board official due to retire in 2017 June to Malappuram flouting norms. K. Jayapal, selection grade joint director, senior to member secretary V. S. Senthil, has been asked to join Malappuram by 14 July. During the E. K. Nayanar Government’s tenure in 1996, Mr Jayapal was transferred to Malappuram and later to Kozhikode.
By 2000, he was promoted to Thiruvananthapuram district planning officer. He was again transferred to Kottayam in 2008 as deputy director. But within three months, he was moved to Idukki as deputy planning officer. In early 2010, the Attingal native returned to his home district. In the same year, he was shunted out to Idukki again. His transfer saga doesn’t end there.
“I returned to Thiruvananthapuram in 2011 August as joint director and in 2013, I got selection grade. Usually, the norm among the Government officials is that they should be brought to their home district before two years of retirement,” said Mr Jayapal. The latest was just when he thought he would no longer have to pack his bags and leave his ailing wife P. C. Mini, a teacher at Attingal Government Boys High School who is recuperating after a major brain surgery.
His successor Kollam native P. Shaji has taken charge already. But Kerala Gazetted Officers Association and assistant director of the agriculture department, T. S. Raghulal, told DC that he was not aware of the case and would look into it.