A 33-year-old IAS official, who was posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, said he has documented his papers to stop working for any more government work. While expressing his reasons, IAS official Kannan Gopinathan (Kottayam, Kerala) said one of them was scrapping of “rights” of lakhs of people in J&K.
“In (Jammu and) Kashmir, a few days ago, govt. had scrapped the essential privileges after 20 days of tight security in the state. Also, many people in India appear to agree with it. He added, “it is 2019 and Article 370 or 35A isn’t the issue, despite that, it has been found denying the residents their entitlement to react to it, which is also a fundamental issue.” “They could respect the move or challenge it, because it is their right,” Mr Gopinathan mentioned, including this issue was one among which led him to resign.
He added “once when a former IAS officer was detained from IGI airport when he was on the way to complete higher studies to the Harvard University in the US, none of the people voice against it. He was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).” Shah Faesal, a former IAS officer, resigned subsequent to that from his post in January 2019.
He had also participated with flood relief workers without getting his identity known. Even PM Narenda Modi had asked to apply for the Prime Minister’s excellence awards, which he accepted and followed as per directions. His excellence of work surprised many when all got to know that he had been in most of the camps volunteering for flood relief work in Kerala in 2018. He added that “these memos have nothing to with the real-life work and they are just a document attesting a fact with you’ve been awarded for this work. There are things where our strength and effort need to be served upon. And I think even larger issues need to be raised of this country, which are not yet looked on.”
Mr Gopinathan, who was also an engineering graduate, is a person who keeps him active on social media and uses it to provide possible solutions in real-life. He gave classes to children and was enrolled in a non-profit organisation to help children with needful before getting selected in IAS. He was leaned to IAS preparation when he met his future wife, who also helped him to crack it. For the future, he mentioned “Nothing as of now and will see it.”