1993 IAS officer Tushar Giri Nath surprises BBMP employees with one-on-one meetings
Giri Nath says his new assignment is an opportunity to meet Bengalureans personally and address their problems
BBMP employees were in for a pleasant surprise when the new civic chief, Tushar Giri Nath, interacted with them on the very first day of his taking charge.
The 1993 batch IAS officer officially took charge as Chief Commissioner of BBMP on Friday. His ‘personal touch’ in getting to know employees at various levels will probably go down in the civic agency’s history as a rare occurrence, as probably no other IAS officer in the past has personally interacted with BBMP employees in trying to come to grips with the working style of the civic agency.
On Friday, as per schedule, Tushar Giri Nath officially took charge at 9.45 am which was shifted to 11 am and later to 12:30 pm. A couple of hours later, the departing Chief Commissioner, his IAS senior and 1990 batch officer Gaurav Gupta, handed over the baton and a copy of the BBMP Act to him and wished him all the best in his new assignment.
After attending to prior appointments and meeting Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the new Chief Commissioner visited the BBMP head office at 4 pm and straightaway went to the accounts and administration wings, which come directly under him, to gather first-hand information on their working structure.
Earlier on Friday, speaking to media persons, Giri Nath said people should not think that the BBMP Chief Commissioner’s post is a ‘big’ one. He added that it is like any other post but the government, especially the CM, has shown faith in him and provided him with the opportunity to work for the betterment of Bengaluru and Bengalureans.
“It is an opportunity to work and interact directly with people in BBMP but that doesn’t mean other departments don’t work effectively. Other departments have a different pattern of working, while BBMP has the responsibility to provide the basic needs of the city,” Giri Nath said. “I will visit people and personally interact with them to solve their problems,” he added.
Echoing the responses of several civic employees, one BBMP staffer said, “I was really surprised to see my boss (the new BBMP chief) standing next to me. I never expected that my boss will come to my chair and will talk personally to me. I am very happy that he interacted directly with me.”