IAS Officer Kannan Gopinathan, lauded for his work for volunteer work in Kerala floods, has resigned from service last month, as per reports. The officer was issued a show-cause notice for alleged 'misconduct' and 'omission and commission' on July 8. However, he denied allegations of misconduct imposed by the Union Home Ministry and claimed he quit because of the restrictions imposed on Jammu and Kashmir since August 5.
Officer Gopinath had failed to submit a report on his return from Kerala, where he had to meet officers and devise a plan on how Dadra and Nagar Haveli could help the flood victims, the notice said.
Gopinathan was also assigned to complete the work of underground cabling and shifting of electric cables by May 2018 to enable roads from Naroli and Saheed Chowk. The work wasn't started until March 2019, the Ministry alleged.
The notice allegedly mentioned there was a delay of nine months on his part in submitting a file to revise a policy for discontinuation of the issue of the Permanent Residence Certificate. The IAS officer alleged there was no written file given in this matter and all the communication was verbal. He further claimed, the delay was due to him being preoccupied with election duties and the model code of conduct being in force.
Gopinathan had also failed to prepare nominations for the Prime Minister’s award under categories such as, innovations in public administration, on which he reported, “In fact, five applications were made under various categories for the said award. Out of this, the district was shortlisted in two categories - PMAY(Urban) and PMAY(rural). Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we did not win that award."
Gopinathan also alternatively went directly to the administrator, instead of sending files to the advisor on the allegation for the appointment of director on board of DNH Power Distribution Company. As per the notice, Mr. Gopinathan was advised to submit his reply through the advisor to the administrator, Daman and Diu and Dadar, and Nagar Haveli.
On his official Twitter account, Kannan Gopinathan stated the civil services signified an opportunity to serve the country's citizens. Sources report that Gopinathan expressed Jammu and Kashmir's Article 370 abrogation as the major reason for his resignation. He reportedly alleged that Kashmiri residents were being tortured in the state since the communication lockdown.
I once thought that being in civil services meant an opportunity to expand the rights and freedoms of fellow citizens!— Kannan (@naukarshah) August 20, 2019
Kannan had become a flood relief volunteer in Kerala, by carrying food items to camps. He had taken a leave from his job to volunteer and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the Kerala Distress Relief Fund from Dadra Nagar Haveli.