“Very Depressing”: Maharashtra Senior Bureaucrat On Quiting His Elite Post

The senior bureaucrat was earlier the collector of Kolhapur and had handled the 2019 floods that ravaged the western Maharashtra district.

Pune: It was “very depressing to lie dumped in the garden,” said Daulat Desai, an IAS official from the 2008 batch who served as joint director of the Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD) in Maharashtra, in a lengthy post on a social media platform on Monday.

Before being moved to MEDD, the senior bureaucrat served as Kolhapur’s collector and was in charge of managing the 2019 floods, which devastated the western Maharashtra district.

“Amidst mixed feelings, I inform you all that I have resigned and voluntarily stepped out of the so-called steel frame, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS), leaving behind all that Power, Security, Status and Prestige! Though striving for good health is the instant driver of this decision, it was quite depressing to lie dumped in the backyard, that too after accomplishing most challenging tenure as Collector and District Magistrate Kolhapur,” said Mr Desai in the post.

He also added that the his service provided him with a great deal of exposure, notoriety, and chances to help the nation’s citizens.

“I was very fortunate to be one of the very few! It was a very satisfying and exciting journey full of surprises and successes,” the IAS officer said.

Mr Desai also claimed that he never compromised if public interest was at stake.

“Always listened to the voices of weak and needy, ignoring vested interests of strong, established and powerful ones in the societal hierarchy. My hands trembled, but decisions didn’t. For that, sometimes I happily faced criticism from those disgruntled who were hurt. I did whatever I could within the framework of rules and regulations for the betterment of society,” he added.

The Maharashtra cadre IAS officer from the 2008 batch expressed gratitude to everyone who had supported and valued his sincerity and honesty.

The bureaucrat declared that it was time to let go of the “aura” of IAS, become a “ordinary man,” and fight for survival in society. He posted on social media, saying, “I am happy and fulfilled, No Regrets at all.

Mr. Desai was unavailable for comment despite numerous attempts.

The IAS officer held both the positions of Director of Disaster Management and CEO of the Pune Zilla Parishad over the course of his 14-year tenure.

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