The Essel Karnataka’s Best Civil Service Award-2008 was presented to B. A. Harish Gowda, IAS – Commissioner for Commercial Taxes; Dr U.V. Singh, IFS – Conservator of Forests, Bangalore and H.M. Mujeeb Ahmed, KAS – Secretary, Kannada Development Authority on March 22, 2008.
A unique feature of the Awards is the participation of the people right from the stage of nominations. From among the three winners, Mujeeb Ahmed was chosen by the people through televoting as Karnataka’s Best.
A scintillating Kathak performance by Abhinava Troupe enthralled the audience. Prominent Mysoreans and film stars who were present on the occasion, congratulated the Essel Group and Zee Kannada for taking the initiative from Bangalore to the districts.
“The jury has selected officers who have rendered a yeoman service to the State. These officers have made a name for their service mindedness, honesty and concern for the people,” Gautham Machaiah of Essel Group said.
The jury headed by Justice R. Ramakrishna, Retired Judge, Karnataka High Court comprised Mr L. Byrappa – President, Karnataka State Employees’ Association; Mr V. Balasubramaniam, IAS – Retired Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka; Mr K. R. Balasubramanyam – Assistant Editor, Business Today; Mr A. Jayaram – Former Editor, The Hindu; Mr Madan Gopal, IAS - Project Administrator, Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project; Ms M. V. Savithri, KAS – Director, NIMHANS and Mr V. R. Sudarshan, MLC, Former Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council.
All the three award winners expressed their gratitude to their families who constantly inspired them and thanked the public for their unconditional support.
Profiles of the Winners:
B.A. Harish Gowda: Gowda brought about sweeping changes in the way the CET Cell functioned. He introduced transparency in the allotment of seats in professional colleges. As the director of the Pre University Board, he introduced the system of providing photo-copies of answer scripts to students who applied for re-valuation. He is also credited with streamlining the functioning of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board, which was regarded as a den of corruption. He is admired for his simplicity and pro-people approach and also known for not succumbing to political pressure.
U.V. Singh – Dr Singh who is regarded as a simple and down-to-earth officer played a crucial role in the conservation of forests as the State. His crusade against illegal mining in forest areas is well known. He has also come down heavily on smugglers and poachers.
H.M. Mujeeb Ahmed – Mr Mujeeb Ahmed is a bureaucrat, a poet and a social worker, all rolled into one. Considered a secular officer, he has played an important role in developing prominent temples in the State. Mr Ahmed is known for encouraging the people of Yellandur to start small savings, thus making Yellandur the No. 1 Taluk in India for small savings. He won an award and a citation from the Governor for this. He was the first person in the State to achieve 100 per cent tax collection from Savanur Taluk.
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