Reactions: IAS officer gets slammed after his ‘arrogant’ picture goes viral
IAS officer Dr Jagdish Sonkar was visiting malnourished children at a government hospital in Chhattisgarh, when the picture of him standing arrogantly with his left foot on steel rail of a patient’s bed was snapped.
The photo made its way on to the internet and the officer, who is the sub-divisional magistrate of Ramanujganj in Balrampur district, was slammed by Twitterati for his treatment of the poor. The hashtag #JagdishSonkar also began trending nationwide. Furthermore, netizens even rechristened the IAS as ‘India’s Arrogant Service’.
With many demanding his suspension, the following are few strong reactions the image drew on Twitter:
— अभिषेक झा (@bhartiyabhakt) May 4, 2016
— Dr.Ashish Gupta (@ashishbadshah) May 5, 2016
— Ignited Images (@Indraneel1973) May 5, 2016
— GOUTOMC (@GOUTOMC) May 4, 2016
#JagdishSonkar..ha ha..politicians,judges n his fellow bureaucrats…r all the same full of arrogance..india the superpower only for elites
— Pankaj apurva (@Paxiedivine) May 5, 2016
— बलमा (@BALMAACHAALBAAZ) May 5, 2016
— Partha Biswas (@parthasbiswas) May 5, 2016
Dear Jagdish Sonkar, IAS 2013 batch, SDM somewhere in Chattisgarh : Be respectful. And don’t repeat this again. pic.twitter.com/3d11qVQiiB
— Bharati Chaturvedi (@Bharati09) May 4, 2016
After being shamed on Twitter, Sonkar remained unapologetic. While talking to a leading daily, all he said was, “My action was unintentional and avoidable”
Even the IAS Association criticized Sonkar and called the incident “unacceptable”. Also, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh chastised the IAS officer saying, “He needs to learn. There are codes of conduct for IAS/IPS and other officers to be followed in the right earnest.”