Monday, November 16, 2015

2 States 2 Stories: When an IAS holds umbrella for his CM and when CM says he will make things disastrous for IAS

An IAS officer is seen holding an umbrella for Maharashtra CM
“Before you make me jobless, I will make things disastrous for you” – this is what Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told a group of senior IAS officers in a closed-door meeting on Saturday, according to a news report published in a national daily. The CM was reportedly in a very serious mood when he warned as many as…
10 divisional commissioners, nine district magistrates and principal secretaries and senior officials who gathered in that meeting in Lucknow. According to a report published in The Indian Express, a private organization arranged this event named ‘Manch 2015’. Thirty development models from across the country were handpicked out of which 25 were selected for implementation in Uttar Pradesh.
The question may come, how can a chief minister of a state make things “disastrous” for an IAS officer who is a part of permanent bureaucracy? But those who understand neta-babu relations well, will say, a bureaucrat can be transferred frequently, or he or she may not be given an inconsequential posting and thereby demoralize and demotivate.
Then, here is another story. Should a well-meaning bureaucrat come down to any level to make his political boss happy? Look at this photo that went viral in social media last weekend. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is seen smiling, and the man who is holding the umbrella is a senior IAS officer at the rank of a principal secretary. The officer has a masters degree from London School of Economics and has experiences of working with the World Bank!
Many in the social media site Twitter question Fadnavis: Is he a “CM or Peshwa”?
But many others point out a more shocking aspect of the story -- the IAS officer’s servitude. “Isiliye IAS bane thai (did you become an IAS for this?)” someone questions the officer, quite rightly.

8 comments:

  1. Babu is holding umbrella for himself and the cm..whats wrong in that..much exaggeration

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  2. The person is holding umbrella for himself and the CM. If he was holding only for himself, it would not have been appropriate. Nothing wrong in photo per se.

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  3. both of u seem to be bros of that ias offr. otherwise every body knows that no one can dare to wear even sunglasses infront of political bosses. holding umbrella for himself is out of question.

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    1. Good joke my friend. I am just a common citizen.
      My point is simple.
      If that officer was holding umbrella only for CM, it would not be correct as it would be the job of a peon to hold it.
      If that officer was holding umbrella only for himself and not for the CM, it is not appropriate.
      In this case, he is holding for both. It is a matter of simple courtesy. That is why I do not find anything wrong.
      I am very sure DGM of my company would also hold it for himself and the MD if it started to rain. So, nothing great about it.

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  4. both of u seem to be bros of that ias offr. otherwise every body knows that no one can dare to wear even sunglasses infront of political bosses. holding umbrella for himself is out of question.

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  5. It is clear from the picture that more than himself, he is holding it for his boss. Holding umbrella for the boss is not a bad thing. Everybody does it. It is a courtesy and politeness to the boss. What is the impropriety. It is a gentleman's gesture

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  6. It's common courtesy to hold an umbrella for a person standing next to you. There are plenty of images of Barack Obama holding an umbrella for his deputies. Please have a progressive outlook and don't make an issue out of everything. Our country would do better if we spent our time on real issues, not trivial matters such as this.

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