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Telangana : Senior Dalit IAS officer Akunuri Murali quits alleging caste discrimination

Senior Dalit IAS officer Akunuri Murali took voluntary retirement from the service with barely 10 months left for his retirement. 

Telangana : Senior Dalit IAS officer  Akunuri Murali quits alleging caste discrimination

TELANGANA: In a sensation of sorts that shows Telangana Rashtra Samithi government in a bad light, a senior Dalit IAS officer Akunuri Murali on Saturday announced his resignation from the job, one year ahead of his retirement.

Murali said he had applied for voluntary retirement from service. At present, he has been working as Commissioner of the Archives in the government, which is a loop-line post with no specific responsibilities.

He told media that the Telangana government had humiliated him by posting him in the present department without giving any powers.

“There is a general discrimination towards Dalit officers in the Telangana government in postings and promotions,” he said.

Murali said he did not want to take salary without doing any work. Therefore, it would be better to resign and do community service, he said.

The IAS officer had his own controversies in his tenure, like promotion of beef eating and criticising Brahminical administration.

He had been fighting on social issues for quite some time and said he would now have a lot of time to concentrate on the same.

Murali, popular among dalit sections as an officer with concern for social sections and sensitive to issues, said he would work in his favourite area of education.

Murali was met with controversy on two separate occasions when he was serving as the Bhupalpally district collector in 2017.

During the peak of the beef movement in March 2017, Murali addressed a public meeting on TB eradication at Eturunagaram. He called upon the people to happily eat beef (pedda koora in Telugu) or wild boar meat to be healthy. Referring to some dalit senior citizens in Mahabubnagar and Rangareddy districts suffering from weakness, he said that people used to be healthy when they were eating beef.

“Many of them told me that they want to eat beef but are neither served outside nor allowed to eat at home,” he revealed to the audience.

He termed the beef ban as nonsense and said it was imposed by the Brahminical system. Several Brahmin organisations later lodged complaints against Murali, who later apologised for having hurt the feelings of some sections.

In the same year, Murali became controversial among mandal parishad (block) development officers for reportedly admonishing them in objectionable language during a video conference on individual sanitary latrines.

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