Young IAS officer quits service; says no ‘freedom of expression’

The Hush Post / 02:00 pm/ 1-min-read
A young Indian Administrative Service officer (IAS) Kannan Gopinathan from Kerala has filed his papers to quit the coveted government job. An IAS officer for seven years, Gopinathan gave his resignation on August 21.
He said that the reason for quitting the job was lack of freedom of expression. “We got into the service thinking that we can provide voice to people, but then we ended up with our own voice being taken away from us,” said the Kerala-born IAS officer.
Gopinathan also said one of the reasons for his leaving IAS was denial of “fundamental rights” to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after special status was scrapped from the state earlier this month.
“In (Jammu and) Kashmir, fundamental rights of lakhs of people have been suspended for 20 days. And many in India seem to be okay with it. This is happening in India in 2019. Article 370 or its abrogation is not the issue, but denying citizens their right to respond to it, is the main issue. They could welcome the move or protest it, that’s their right,” Gopinathan told NDTV.
“Not that my resignation will cause anything even worth a flutter. But one has one’s own conscience to answer to, I guess,” Gopinathan said.

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Gopinathan doing relief work in Kerala.

Gopinathan was last serving as secretary of the power, urban development and town and country planning departments in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. He was instrumental in transforming a loss-making government electricity distribution firm into a profit-making one.
In Mizoram, the IAS officer encouraged badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand to open 30 grassroots centres for training children in badminton and a high-altitude centre of excellence for sports, when he was posted there.
He played a very important role during flood relief work in Kerala in 2018. He worked as a relief worker anonymously. It was only when one of his colleagues identified him, that everybody knew who he was.

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