She is a bureaucrat who has been in news many times in the past, whether it's for her role as the tenacious Food Saftey Commissioner of Kerala who took on food adulteration mafia or as the Alappuzha Collector who went against political bigwigs without fear. In the last two days, many news reports have claimed that TV Anupama IAS, the District Collector of Thrissur has stepped down. While a few reports speculated that it was for personal reasons, others ascribed more sinister reasons behind it.
In reality, TV Anupama and Kollam Collector S Karthikeyan have been nominated by the Kerala government to attend training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. This is a training that officers normally undergo once after seven to nine years in service. "This training is necessary at this juncture of their career. They need to move ahead in their career path now," a senior bureaucrat told TNM. Anupama too confirmed to TNM that she would be leaving for the training soon and she will not be on leave since the training is part of her work.
Though TV Anupama should have ideally undergone the training last year, the devastating floods that impacted Kerala kept her busy in Thrissur. Anupama had assumed charge as Thrissur Collector only in May 2018.
Kerala has always tracked Anupama's career closely. In 2010, she had done Kerala proud by securing the All India Rank 4 in the UPSC examinations.
In 2015, she took over as the Food Commissioner of Kerala and started an elaborate investigation into the presence of pesticides in fruits and vegetables. Even as thousands of vegetable and fruit samples were submitted to the court and many dealers arrested, what created a furore was that many of these perishables were being bought from Tamil Nadu. Anupama then started encouraging organic farming, a cause that many celebrities took over.
In 2017, she took charge as Alappuzha Collector. She then took on then Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy over land encroachment.
Even in Thrissur, she had an eventful year. During the famed Thrissur pooram when a controversy erupted over denying permission to parade tusker Thechikkottukav Ramachandran, Anupama had to face wrath of the fans of the elephants. The permission was denied after Ramachandran trampled to death two people in February.
The High Court also had put the onus on the Collector to decide on lifting the ban. After getting medical fitness certificate from a team of veterinarians, she allowed the elephant to be paraded for an hour that too with stringent conditions.
Kerala will eagerly watch out for this bureaucrat's next posting.