Revenue Officer Prioritises Candy Crush Over Farmer's Woes During Grievance Meet

03/09/2015 5:24 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

A government official in Tamil Nadu has proven that the Candy Crush mania in India is far from over: While other officers were busy taking notes, S Kavitha, a revenue officer for the Harur Sugar Mill in Dharmapuri district, was caught playing the game during a meeting for farmers to discuss their problems.

Sitting next to the district collector didn't seem to deter the District Revenue Officer (DRO) as she continued to thumb away at her phone, while farmers voiced their concerns about the lack of water supply for their produce.

In an interview with The New Indian Express, District Collector K Vivekanandan said that he was enquiring about the matter. "As she is of DRO rank, we cannot take direct action against her. We asked her for an explanation within 10 days. Once we get it, we will forward it to the Public Department, as they only can take action. We have already informed the department," he said.

The district secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasaiyigal Sangam (TNVS) affiliated to CPI (M) said that a thorough enquiry should be conducted and severe action should be taken against the officer. He also added that this attitude was discouraging to the farmers who believed that this meeting would alleviate their troubles in some way.

A report from Forbes shows that Candy Crush Saga by King -- launched in 2012 -- was the most popular app on Facebook in April, last year, with over 100 million active users every month. The report also discloses that the game was the third most popular free app on Play Store, topped only by Facebook and WhatsApp.


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