Thiruvananthapuram: Estranged Thomas Chandy who resigned as Transport Minister was left with no choice, rather to resign in front of a determined IAS officer TV Anupama and reporter TV Prasad of Asianet News’s.
Anupama who was whole heartedly applauded by the Malayalees little did know that she will be witnessing such an overwhelming gesture from them when back in August 2017, she took charge as the 48th District Collector of Alappuzha.
Recollecting her words immediately after taking charge, she had told media that she would study the problems of people and make all efforts to solve them. And yes, she did succeed in it by bringing Chandy under the law.
But ousted Minister Thomas Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, probably did not dream that Anupama’s plans for the district would create so much trouble for his political career.
It was after Anupama’s detailed report to Revenue Principal Secretary PH Kurian against Chandy that shook the whole LDF led Kerala government, which eventually laid out a path for Thomas Chandy’s resignation.
The fiery IAS officer’s report stated that portions of Marthandam Lake in Alappuzha had been leveled for building the ousted Minister’s Lake Palace Resort. The report has also said that a paddy field was leveled to build a parking lot for the resort. It also pointed fingers at various officials for helping the ousted Minister in violating the Kerala Paddy Land and Wetland Act, and for building and paving a road for the resort.
Anupama who hails from Ponnani, Maranchery of Malappuram was also earlier in buzz and shot to public popularity when she was made the Food Safety Commissioner of Kerala and had carried out multiple raids on dealers, and sent thousands of samples for testing, exposing high levels of adulteration and rampant use of pesticides.
Officers like her definitely splashes ray of hope for the common people in the country and strengthens the bond between the law and the civilians.