IAS officer kicks up a storm with his hospital visit picture

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A picture says a thousand words, isn’t it? IAS officer Dr Jagdish Sonkar’s routine inspection visit to a government hospital in Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh has kicked up a storm for his brazen display of high-handedness and authoritarianism.

The officer was caught on camera standing and talking to a sick child’s mother with his left foot resting on the steel rail of the hospital bed.
The incident happened when Dr Sonkar, the 2013-batch IAS officer who has a medical degree and is the sub-divisional magistrate of Ramanujganj in Balrampur district, visited a government hospital and interacted with mothers of malnourished children being treated there.

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The picture went viral on social media, with Netizens panning him for his rude manners, which amounted to showing disrespect to people.
The arrogant and insolent act made livid netizens rechristen the IAS as “India’s Arrogant Service”.

Sonkar showed no remorse and told that he went to the hospital with a good intention and examined some patients as well. “My action was unintentional and avoidable,” he said.

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When state Chief Minister Raman Singh came to know of the officer’s insulting gesture, he said he will instruct the chief secretary to teach him manners. “He needs to learn. There are codes of conduct for IAS/IPS and other officers to be followed in the right earnest.”


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