Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat is famous for his cool temper, but the CM lost his temper in a public function in Dehradun on Thursday to shock all present on the occasion. The video of Trivendra Rawat exchanging hot words with a government teacher at the Janata Milan programme became instant viral on the social media, forcing the leader to issue his statement on the incident.
The incident took place at the CM residence during the Janata Milan programme. Uttara Pant Bahuguna, a primary school teacher, serving in remote Naugoan in Uttarkashi made a request to the Chief Minister to transfer her from hill to plane as she has served 25 long years in the remote location. She urged Rawat that she is a widow and has kids to look after. The lady teacher was aggressive in her approach and this provoked the Chief Minister to say, “You are a teacher and should remain polite.” The interaction turned hot with Trivendra Rawat announcing to suspend her and asking the security staff to arrest her and take her outside.
The incident made the public function lose its sheen. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met the common people in Janata Milan Hall and listened to their problems and complaints and directed the concerned officers to resolve them. More than 100 cases were registered during the Jan Sunwai programme. They were related to the departments of PWD, irrigation, transport, rural development, health, revenue, power, Municipal Corporation, police etc.
On the issue of transfers from the remote areas to planes by many employees in government service, Uttarakhand Chief Minister said that the transfer related requests should not be brought during the hearing of the public problems. With the implementation of the Transfer Act in the state, all transfers of government services will be done according to the criteria. Janata Milan programme is not the right forum for the transfer requests.
A press release issued by the State Information and Public Relations Department to media via email stated, “During the programme, a primary teacher of Uttarkashi, who has come with transfer request showed disrespect and used abusive language. Even after requesting the teacher to convey her issue in a polite manner, the teacher continued with her indecency, following which orders to suspend the teacher were issued.”
Chief Minister said that the state government is keen to address the genuine grievances of the people. In order to ensure that the problems of the people are addressed at their village, block and district level, the grievance redressal camps at the level of District Magistrate and Deputy District Magistrate are organized regularly.
The video of the argument between the CM and the government teacher took the social media by storm. Political leaders of the opposition party shared it different platform to create embarrassing situation for the BJP. The CM office began the damage control immediately after the incident. But, the impact of the video on social media was high which shows Chief Minister exhibiting his anger in the public function.