news Friday, May 15, 2015 - 05:30
Amit Kataria, the district magistrate of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, has been issued a notice by the state government for sporting "sunglasses" and not wearing "proper clothes" while receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the region on May 9. The notice states that Kataria’s act was not in compliance with section 3 (1) of The All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, which states that “Every member of the Service shall at all times maintain absolute integrity and devotion to duty and shall do nothing which is unbecoming of a member of the Service.” The IAS officer had posted two photographs of him meeting the prime minister on Facebook. Image source: Amit Kataria/Facebook Image source: Amit Kataria/Facebook Kataria’s attire seems to be anything but informal. Though the IAS officer has not been available for comment, a screenshot of a statement, apparently made by the officer himself, is doing the rounds on social media. Part of the message reads, “Bastar is very hot in May with temp above 40 s (degree). Wearing bandhgala for hours while looking after arrangements in not practical.” It also states that he was standing under the “hot sun” for several hours while making the arrangements. TNM cannot verify the message, but a search on the internet shows that the temperature in Bastar on May 9 was 39.68 degrees.   As for the sunglasses, the prime minister himself has been seen wearing one on several official occasions in India as well as abroad. What is “unbecoming” according to the government seems more like an archaic code today. May be it is time to nitpick less and be more practical. Meanwhile social media has been aflush with views on reprimanding an officer for wearing sunglasses while receiving a dignitary. Here is what some had to say.   Is it stupidity on the part of Raman Singh issuing a notice to IAS Amit Kataria, for wearing goggles while welcoming Modi to Bastar — Main Hoon Na (@SwachhPolitics) May 15, 2015 Saddened by C'garh Govts decision of sending notice to Amit Kataria,IAS posted at Bastar for wearing shades while welcoming PM@narendramodi — ಮೋಹನ್ | मोहन | Mohan (@ReachMeRaj) May 15, 2015 Prime Mininister #NarendraModi must ensure that archaic dress codes are not used to demotivate young'Dabang'IAS officers like Amit Kataria. — Nitish Mukherjee (@Nitish299792458) May 15, 2015 Can someone please define "proper clothes?" Bastar collector warned for wearing sunglasses while receiving PM Modi — Madhumita (@madhuchak) May 15, 2015 What does integrity and devotion to duty have to do with a District Collector's Sunglasses? #facepalm — durga nandini (@nandinidurga) May 15, 2015
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