Photo Of Chhattisgarh IAS Officer With A Foot On A Hospital Bed Goes Viral

05/05/2016 8:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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An IAS officer in Chhattisgarh sparked social media outrage after a photo of him -- standing with a shoed foot resting on the steel rail of a hospital bed -- went viral on social media. Since then tweets have been pouring in about how Jagdish Sonkar, a 2013-batch IAS officer who also has an MBBS degree, not only disrespected his patients and put them at risk of infection, but also denigrated his position.

Sonkar was visiting a government Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre for a routine inspection and was interacting with mothers of malnourished children when he casually put his left foot up on the bed rail and leaned on it while speaking to the parent of a sick child, the Hindustan Times reported.

Someone from the hospital clicked a photo and posted it on social media.

After the backlash, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Ramanujganj in Balrampur district told the paper that his "action was unintentional and avoidable.”

Although Sonkar did have defenders. A Twitter user posted pictures purportedly showing Sonkar involved in good work beyond the call of duty, arguing that the foot-on-bed gesture was a temporary lapse for which he should not be harshly judged.

But apparently Sonkar's gesture did not not go down well with Chief Minister Raman Singh who told the media that he has instructed the General Administration Department (GAD) to "train new officers in social behaviour and public dealing before sending them to field posting."

According to this report, the officer even faced suspension.

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