Amid the ongoing crisis due to coronavirus in the country, five IAS officers have resigned from their post. At a time when India is going through a bad patch due to COVID-19 outbreak, the resignation of five IAS officers took the country by a shock.
In a shocking development, an IAS officer from Haryana cadre has resigned from the prestigious service, citing apprehensions of “personal safety on government duty”. IAS Rani Nagar (35) has announced that she would resign after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
Hailing from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, IAS officer sent her resignation to state chief secretary Keshni Anand Arora, requesting her to forward it to a competent authority in the Union government.
Nagar wrote in her resignation letter: “I do hereby most humbly submit to you my resignation from the post of Indian administrative service with immediate effect that is effective from date 4 May 2020. The reason for submitting this resignation is personal safety on government duty.”
IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, on the other hand, resigned from his service. He said, “I want my freedom of expression intact,” Gopinathan told The NewsMinute. “I joined the services believing I can give voice to others, but here I am unable to use my own voice. My resignation will give me my freedom of expression back.”
Karnataka cadre IAS officer S Sasikanth Senthil also submitted his resignation from the service as he claimed that “fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner”.
Former IAS officer Harsh Mander quit the Indian Administrative Service following the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Since then he has been working as a social activist.
Aruna Roy left the IAS when she was just 28 and began to work on issues related to the poor and marginalised. She joined the Social Work and Research Center (SWRC) in Tilonia, Rajasthan.
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