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IAS officer Kannan Gopinath who resigned over J&K communication ban asked to “Resume duty”

The 33 years old, Kannan Gopinath had left the IAS post because he felt the ‘fundamental rights’ of millions of people in J&K were taken away after the abrogation of Article 370.


New Delhi| IAS officer Kannan Gopinath who had hit the news following the resignation from the post, has been asked to “Resume Duty” again.  According to a news agency, he has been asked to return to duty till his resignation is accepted.

A notice was sent to Gopinath, dated August 27 by the Personnel Department of Daman and Diu. The notice was signed by Deputy Secretary Gurpreet Singh. The notice mentioned that the resignation of an officer becomes effective only when it is accepted by the department. The notice read, “Therefore, you are hereby directed to continue attending to your assigned duties immediately, till a decision is taken on your resignation.”

Kannan who was posted in the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli was serving as Secretary in the Power and Non-Conventional Energy. Reportedly, the notice was also posted on the door of his residence in Silvassa.

“Disillusioned”, said Kannan Gopinath

The 33 years old, Kannan Gopinath had left the country’s most prestigious IAS post because he felt the ‘fundamental rights’ of millions of people were taken away by abolishing the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kannan Gopinath said he had joined the civil service in the hope that he would be the voice of those who were silenced. “But, it seems I have lost my own voice,” he said. Gopinath said that he wants his freedom of expression back.

Communication ban in Kashmir compelled him to resign?

In an interview given to a Malayalam website, he said that when one of the world’s largest democracies declares sanctions on the entire state and even violates the fundamental rights of the people, at least he should be able to answer. That is why he left the job.

He said that his resignation would not have any effect. However, he added, “If anyone asks me what was I doing when the country was going through a difficult time, I wouldn’t like to say that I took leave and went to America for higher education. It is better to quit the job.”

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