[Video] School Principal Asks For Transfer, Uttarakhand CM Orders Immediate Suspension For ‘Showing Disrespect’
On June 28, a school principal from Uttarakhand was suspended and taken into police custody upon CM Trivendra Singh Rawat’s instructions. The incident came after the woman had used ‘disrespectful language’ while seeking a transfer at the CM’s Janata Darbar in Dehradun.
Widowed School Principal Requested Transfer
Uttara Bahuguna, a 57-year-old principle of a government primary school in Naugaon area of Uttarkashi district, demanded that she be transferred after spending 25 years in a ‘remote location’. She made the same request to Rawat at his Janata Darbar, a public meeting where the CM hears public grievances.
In a video, which is on various social media platforms, Bahuguna can be seen trying to put her case across to the CM, who, after a while gets noticeably agitated and orders her suspension and arrest. After a verbal spat between the two, Rawat said, “Suspend karo ise abhi (Suspend her immediately). Take her into police custody.”
#WATCH Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directs police to take a teacher into custody after she protested at ‘Janata Darbar’ over issue of her transfer. CM Rawat suspended the teacher and asked her to leave. (28.06.18) pic.twitter.com/alAdCY74QK
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2018
Bahuguna can then be seen leaving the Janata Darbar while hurling abuses at the CM before she was taken into police custody under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure. She was later released on Thursday evening.
Rawat, for his actions, faced criticism on social media where people accused him of losing his cool and Uttarakhand Congress leaders objected to the Chief Minister’s “rude behaviour, and lack of patience,” reported The Indian Express.
Congress party’s state unit said that the chief minister should have the courage to listen to the problems of people. It further tweeted, “Citizens have the right to speak about their problems at the Janata Darbar, but abusive words should not be used.”
मुख्यमंत्री @tsrawatbjp द्वारा जनता दरबार आयोजित किया गया, जनता दरबार में राज्य के नागरिक को प्रतिभाग करने व अपनी बात कहने का अधिकार है, परंतु अपशब्दों का प्रयोग नही होना चाहिए, मुख्यमंत्री जी जब जनता दरबार लगा रहे हैं तो लोगों की समस्या को सुनने का उनमें साहस भी होना चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/gwjYDkqs2o
— Uttarakhand Congress (@INCUttarakhand) June 28, 2018
According to media reports, Rawat, after the incident said that all transfers of government employees will be done under the state’s Transfer Act and that the suspension orders were issued for Bahuguna for showing disrespect and using abusive language.
Bahuguna told The Indian Express, “I have no problem in doing my job, but I’ve been posted in remote areas for 25 years. Before the Uttarkashi village, I was posted in a remote area in Uttarkashi district’s Chinyalisaur. My husband used to take care of my two children, but after his death, in August last year, there is no one to take care of my children. Also, I am too old to work in remote areas.”
The Logical Indian Take
From a CM, we expect behaviour of the highest order. A CM must have the patience to listen to the ordeals of those who come to him with their pleas. In this case, not only the CM ordered her suspension but also asked her to be arrested. The Logical Indian appeals to the public representatives to have empathy while listening to the ordeals of common people. The citizens approach them as their last resorts and they expect them to at least listen if cannot solve.