A authorities official in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh was suspended on Friday for allegedly getting practically 21 lakh litres of water drained out from a reservoir subsequent to a dam in a bid to search out his cellphone that fell into it.
On May 21, Rajesh Vishwas, 32, a meals inspector posted in Pakhanjur city, unintentionally dropped his new cellphone value practically ₹95,000 into the Paralkot reservoir whereas clicking a selfie. Mr. Vishwas and his pals had gone for an outing on the dam.
In seek for the cellphone, Mr. Vishwas stated that he acquired the water pumped out from the reservoir after acquiring a verbal permission from the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of the Water Resource Department. He added that the water was not match for ingesting or agriculture.
“I employed a pump after local divers could not find the phone till Tuesday and told me that the water level needed to be reduced by a few feet for the same,” he stated.
Meanwhile Kanker Collector Priyanka Shukla stated R.C. Dheewar, the SDO, has been issued show-cause notices by the district administration and the Water Resource Department.
The discover despatched by the WRD additionally contests the claims made by Mr. Vishwas. “It should be noted that during summer, water is needed in all reservoirs for irrigation and drainage. To waste water is a punishable offence,” it reads.
He has been requested to offer a reply on why not the income equal for the quantity of water misplaced be recovered from his wage.
Mr. Vishwas added that he was frightened for his cellphone that he had purchased on finance and therefore took the step.
“Water is precious and what Mr. Vishwas has done is devoid of any logic or reasoning. This is blatant misuse of power,” Ms. Shukla stated.