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HYDERABAD: Senior IPS officer and secretary of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) R S Praveen Kumar on Monday sought voluntary retirement, six years before his scheduled retirement.
Praveen Kumar, known for bringing about a radical change in the educational system of social welfare and tribal schools of Telangana, served the state for 26 years.
An officer of additional director general of police rank, Praveen Kumar held various positions including joint commissioner of Hyderabad police, deputy commissioner of police, detective department etc.
Soon after his announcement on social media, political and academic circles were rife with speculation about the 1995 batch officer joining politics. Some even claimed that the senior IPS will be TRS’ face in the ensuing Huzurabad bypoll.
This, even as Praveen Kumar denied any such move.
In his letter addressed to colleagues and well-wishers, he maintained that he was stepping down to pursue his “passion for social justice and equality”. “I shall use the rest of my life to fulfil the unfinished dreams of doyens of social justice Mahatma Phule couple, Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, Manyawar Kanshiram and many more torch-bearers of our country,” Praveen Kumar wrote on Twitter, after mailing his request for VRS to the chief secretary.
Academics TOI spoke to expressed their unhappiness over Praveen Kumar’s decision saying it would be better if he remained in service and help students from the downtrodden sections.“If he is considered as the TRS candidate from the region (Huzurabad), he will attract all Dalit votes,” said a source recalling how during his tenure as SP of erstwhile Karimnagar district, the officer introduced ‘Ma ooriki randi, ma tho ne undadi’, a programme aimed at encouraging government teachers to stay in villages (their work place) in Huzurabad, Husnabad, among others places. “In case he is not given ticket from Huzurabad, it is speculated that the ‘Dalita Bandhu’ scheme will be run under his leadership,” the academician, familiar with the IPS officer’s work, added.
During his nine years with the social welfare department, Praveen Kumar focused on quality education that changed the lives of several children belonging to socially backward classes. Not such studies, he encouraged these students to take up sports too — horse-riding, archery, sailing etc. As a result, several students from these schools flourished and brought accolades to the country in various fields.


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