On Wednesday, the Cabinet meet has decided to replace Kozhikode Collector UV Jose and Devikulam sub collector VR Prem Kumar. Seeram Sambasiva Rao will take charge as the new collector and Renu Raj will take charge as the new sub-collector of Devikulam. VR Prem Kumar is appointed as the Assistant District Magistrate of Sabarimala.
Kozhikode Collector UV Jose is shifted as he completed the two and half years service in Kozhikode. The cabinet has not declared the reason for the transfer of Devikulam sub-collector.
Prem Kumar was appointed as the Devikulam sub collector after the transfer of Sriram Venkataram. It is said that, Prem Kumar had took strict measures against the land encroachments and law violations.
After the heavy floods, construction activities has been restricted in Munnar. The construction could be taken only after getting the non-objection certificate (NOC) from the sub-collector. As a strict official, Prem Kumar has displeased many people including politicians regarding the construction activities.
Though the government had transferred other officials along with Prem Kumar but, the Opposition claims that transfer of Prem Kumar was due to the pressure from the District CPI(M) leaders and MLA S. Rajendran as he took strict actions against the land encroachers in Munnar.