IAS officer M Sibi Chakkravarthy has stoked another controversy by taking on the ‘so-called intellectuals’ for their hate towards civil servants.
“If the So-called intellectuals hated ‘Corruption’ as-such, ‘apart’ from their ‘hate for IAS’, Corruption would have actually reduced (sic),” Chakkravarthy posted on Facebook on Monday.
The post was ‘liked’ by more than 70 people. “You are my hero sir. You are always right,” Shravan Mishra commented. More than a dozen netizens also commented on the post.
Home minister Bhoopendra Singh did not hide his annoyance over the episode.
“Officers should not cross the line of decency. If they have to make statements like this, they should better leave their job and join politics,” Singh said, responding to media queries.
Despite repeated efforts, the IAS officer couldn’t be reached out for his comments.
Chakkravarthy was transferred from Narsinghpur on August 27, where he was posted as a collector to Mantralaya as a deputy secretary. The bureaucrat had praised AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jaylalithaa on Facebook on her victory in the assembly elections.
The state government had issued a notice to Chakkravarthy but he denied making any such statement.
In June, Barwani collector Ajay Singh Gangwar earned wrath of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government by praising Jawaharlal Nehru on his Facebook post. Gangwar was removed from his post and a show-cause notice was served on him.
Protest against transfer
A demonstration was held in Jabalpur’s neighbouring Narsinghpur district on Tuesday to protest against the transfer of collector M Sibi Chakkravarthy.
After his posting at Narsinghpur on April 9, the 2008 batch IAS officer won praise for patiently hearing grievances of the public and for taking prompt action. Chakkravarthy was transferred to the Secretariat at Bhopal on August 27.
“The former collector streamlined administrative functioning by taking tough decisions. He was the first collector to reach tehsil offices on the days of public hearings and resolved grievances expeditiously, giving relief to the people,” ex-servicemen association president Lal Sahab Jat said.
The collector had removed encroachments to widen roads soon after taking charge of the district.
“During his visit to Salichouka village, school children requested him to construct an approach road to their school. He (Chakkravarthy) instantly sanctioned the work and a road was constructed,” lawyer Sulabh Jain said.