Published On: Mon, May 9th, 2016

IAS officer puts foot on patient’s bed, gets suspended, says sorry on Facebook

Raipur: An IAS officer faced social media abuse after a photograph showed him standing and talking to a sick child’s mother with his left foot resting on the steel rail of a hospital bed.

IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar has tendered an apology on Facebook, said the act was not intentional and he was sorry if anyone was hurt by it.

IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar has tendered an apology on Facebook, said the act was not intentional and he was sorry if anyone was hurt by it.

The incident happened when doctor-turned-IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar, visited a government Ramanujgank hospital for a routine inspection and interacted with mothers of malnourished children being treated there.

Someone from the hospital clicked a photo and posted it on social media, where it went viral. Since then tweets have been pouring in about how Sonkar, who also has an MBBS degree, not only disrespected patients and put them at risk of infection, but also denigrated his position.

A 2013-batch IAS officer, Sonkar, who is posted as SDM at Ramanujganj in Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh, had said, “My action was unintentional and avoidable.”

When chief minister Raman Singh came to know of the officer’s insulting gesture, he instructed the chief secretary to teach him manners.

“He needs to learn. There are codes of conduct for IAS/IPS and other officers to be followed in the right earnest. Train new officers in social behaviour and public dealing before sending them to field posting.” the CM told chief secretary.

Accordingly, chief secretary suspended Sonkar for his misbehavior to public.

After suspension, Sonkar has tendered an apology on Facebook.

In his post in Facebook Sonkar said the act was not intentional and he was sorry if anyone was hurt by it.

“This post is to tender an open unconditional apology in response to the picture of mine that is being circulated on social media and newspapers. No amount of words can justify the said act, although it was unintentional and was thoroughly avoidable. I understand the harm the act has inflicted on the image of the civil service fraternity. I apologise to each one of them.”

Sonkar added that he is thankful to people who stood by him during this time of tough scrutiny.

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