Keeping in view, the reportedly rampant rise in the number of corruption cases reported from the state revenue department, the Telangana Govt. has taken over the administrative control of state revenue department and will, appoint non-revenue officials, mostly junior IAS officers, as additional collecors (local bodies) in various districts. This move has fast tracked the state government’s plans to appoint senior officials from departments including municipal and panchayati raj as additional collectors (local bodies).
This new post of additional collector (AC) (local bodies) was created by the state government early this year and the appointed Officers will focus on functioning of local bodies, gram panchayats and municipalities, while the other additional collectors will work on subjects related to revenue and civil supplies.
At present barring Hyderabad other 32 districts have additional collectors (local bodies). Among the 32 additional collectors nearly 25 are from the revenue department and the rest are junior IAS officers.
The state government has already appointed a senior municipal official of additional director cadre, D Johan Samson, as AC (local bodies) in Medchal-Malkajgiri district.
Incidentally, gazetted officers and Group I officers from other departments of the state are also demanding for Telangana Administrative Service (TAS) on the lines of states like Kerala, Gujarat, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.