Amaravati: A day after removing Kurnool municipal commissioner Ravindra Babu, the state government on Friday shifted Narasaraopet municipal commissioner A Sivareddy for allegedly failing to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the town. Over 120 positive cases have been reported from Narasaraopet.
Kavali municipal chief K Venkateswaralu has been posted as the new commissioner of Narasaraopet.
Sources said the state government is not happy with the performance of district collectors in Krishna, Guntur and Kurnool. All three districts have witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days, though the numbers in Krishna have seen a dip in the last few days. However, the government is unlikely to shift the officers at this stage. Sources said top officials have told the chief minister that sudden shifting of the collectors might paralyse the administration.
IAS officer Harinarayana, who was sent as additional special officer to Kurnool, is believed to have sent a confidential report to the chief secretary stating that the administration had failed to act in coordination, resulting in the spread of Covid-19. As cases in Guntur increased, the state government deputed health department advisor Kamal Raj as special coordinator.
Having senior rank police officers in Guntur and Vijayawada has also complicated the job of rank-promotee district collectors. While Vijayawada city police commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao is an additional DG rank officer, Guntur city has a DIG rank SP.
The civic chiefs in Kurnool and Narasaraopet bore the brunt as senior officials could not lead the team from the front.

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