Press Trust of India
Bareilly, 8 August
Accusing the media of glorifying suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal as “Durgaji”, senior Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan said her case was highlighted while other such suspensions went unnoticed.
“The media has projected Durga as Durgaji. Otherwise in such cases, officers from the level of managing director (MD) to chief engineer get suspended and not even a single line is published,” Mr Khan, who was here on a private visit, told reporters last night.
He said Ms Nagpal&’s suspension has been blown out of proportion by television news media and that there would have been no dispute if the district magistrate had also been suspended.
On being asked about the statements made by SP leaders on running the state without IAS officers, he said the number of such officers would be 1,000 to 2,000, but the country was of 125 crore people.
“Can’t other people run the country,” he said.
He also said the civil service system in the country should be done away with as it was given
by the Britishers and does not exist even in their own country.