April 08, 2020
Bhabani Shankar Chaini(Cuttack collector skips leave despite colossal personal tragedy), Cuttack collector has set a rare precedent by skipping leave despite a huge personal bereavement. Though Chaini lost his father, he desisted from taking leave from official duties amid the state’s assiduous efforts to fight the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Chaini’s(Cuttack collector skips leave despite colossal personal tragedy) selfless conduct has lionised him, drawing parallels with senior bureaucrat Nikunja Bihari Dhal. Dhal, principal secretary (health & family welfare) had resumed duties within 24 hours of losing his father.
The collector’s father Damodar Chaini(Cuttack collector skips leave despite colossal personal tragedy) who passed away at 98 was a senior OAS officer who held several key positions in the state government before superannuating.
The Cuttack District Collector has set a high benchmark of probity during the crisis period in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak in the State, said State Government’s COVID-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi.
“Incomplete work is no work” was the mantra of his father quoted Bagchi as saying by the Collector, who preferred to discharge his official duties, for the larger interest of the people.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too extolled the exemplary conduct of the Cuttack collector.
Deepest condolences to @CuttackDM who lost his father this morning. In an act of exemplary public service, Sri Bhabani Chayani(Cuttack collector skips leave despite colossal personal tragedy) continues to work without a single day leave during the huge personal tragedy. #Odisha salutes his inspirational leadership@narendramodi#OdishaFightsCorona.
Wedded to public service, Chaini has set the highest standards of probity. He was instrumental in the enforcement of lockdown in the district which was tough yet successful.
“Our purpose was to minimise footfall, as these points attract congregation and the whole idea of social distancing would have been foiled. Therefore we did not include any such sale of such items which would allow people to congregate. Cuttack is a very old city and it is densely populated, that has made our job tough and we are taking all possible steps to ensure that the denizens don’t fall prey to the deadly virus”, Chaini said.
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