29 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: The 33-year-old Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Kannan Gopinathan, who quit the coveted job recently, has reportedly said that he has no intention to return to the Government services. Gopinathan put in his papers on August 21. He had been in the news last year for his role in the flood relief efforts at Kerala.
He said that he has no intention to join services (IAS) and plans to move out. Gopinathan, a 2012 IAS officer from Kerala is posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as Power and Non-Conventional Energy Secretary.
"I joined civil service with the hope that I can be the voice of those who have been silenced. But here, I lost my own voice," Gopinathan said after his resignation. He said that there was denial of "fundamental rights" to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after the state lost its special status earlier this month.
The Government has already issued a notice the IAS officer for joining duty immediately. The notice, said that resignation by a government officer "becomes effective when it is accepted". "Therefore, you are hereby directed to continue attending to your assigned duties immediately, till a decision is taken on your resignation," it said.
As he was not present in Silvassa, officials pasted a notice on the door of the room in a government guesthouse where he lived. On the other hand, Gopinathan has reportedly said that the notice is a procedural one and his resignation was neither accepted nor rejected yet.