Rarely public servants get hailed as heroes, but here is a public servant who is almost revered like a God. In fact, a mother of a Hindu God.
Admirers of Amrapali Kata, Urban collector of Warangal, who hails from Vishakapatnam, expressed their love in a bizarre fashion and transgressed every precedent, at least, reserved for public servants.
Members of a New Millenium Friends Association, Bapuji Nagar in Kazipet, Warangal, designed a statue of her holding Ganesha, a Hindu god, on her lap.
This intrigued many and eventually, the images of the statue went viral. Many couldnâ€™t comprehend the love showered on the IAS officer, equating her with a Goddess. While a few appreciated the idea, many also expressed shock.
People showered their love to the Warangal Urban Collector Amrapali this way o they have erected a specially made Ganesha idol pic.twitter.com/8ybnuewSa8â€” Nayeem Wajahat (@NayeemWajahat) August 25, 2017
Facing the brunt of locals, who warned that this depiction could mean trouble, the youth association blackened the face of the statue and dropped the idea of installing the statue in their locality.
The Association claimed that they had prepared the statue to express their admiration for the 35-year-old Collector, who has been a great source of inspiration for the dwellers of Warangal.
However, with a few people claiming that they were hurt by this representation of the Collector as Parvathi, Lord Ganesha's mother, they decided to go back on their decision.
They said that they respect the sentiments of the devotees and said that the statue will not installed.
While the Collector was unavailable for comment, reportedly she too was shocked at the incident.
Amrapali Kata, a next generation IAS officer, known for taking her staff for outings akin to corporate offices. She has numerous admirers, who adore her for her work.
Earlier in April, she was in news, for allegedly booking a whole theatre for her staff, which she refuted and said that the staff were paying for their own tickets and no state exchequer money was spent towards it.