2000 plus govt employees show solidarity with DC Priyanka Mary Francis
Udupi: More than 2000 employees of the Revenue department together with other government employees associations on Tuesday, April 4, showed solidarity with deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis, Assistant commissioner Shilpa Nag and others by protesting against the attack on them during the raid on illegal sand mining on Sunday, April 2.
Employees of the Revenue department together with other government employees associations gathered in front of the Deputy Commissioners complex Rajathadri Manipal and staged a protest against the attack by the sand mafia. All the employees took casual leave on March 4, to express their solidarity with the Deputy Commissioner by protesting in front of the DC office.
Addressing the gathering Subramanya Sherigar president of the government employees associations said, “The government employees are living in fear as the deputy commissioner who is the head of the district administration is attacked. The attack on the deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner should be taken seriously and the real culprits behind the attacks should be arrested”, he urged.
Suma S lecturer of Government College and also the office bearer of the government employees associations said, “Today we are all living in fear. There is a situation of fear to work in government offices. Today the person having highest security in the district is attacked by the sand mafia, how then will we work without fear in the district. Udupi district has a name for solidarity but recent developments show otherwise. If a state becomes prosperous it is only because of the successful administration and that administration is possible only by government employees. After the attack on the Deputy Commissioner, the employees are living in fear. The law and order department should take this issue seriously and arrest the employers involved in sand mining who have now escaped”, she added.
Former Udupi Zilla panchayat CEO and presently retired KAS officer Prabhakar Sharma also joined the protest and said, “I was really disturbed after hearing the news of the attack on deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary, Assistant commissioner Shilpa Nag and others during the raid on illegal sand mining. When I saw the news in the media I decided to meet the deputy commissioner and express my support to her. Today all the government employees have expressed their solidarity with the deputy commissioner by taking a casual leave which is commendable. This type of support will help her build self-confidence. We are all inspired by her bold step on illegal sand mining. All the employees will continue our support to Priyanka Mary in future too,” he added.
Zilla panchayat president Dinakar Babu, vice president Sheela K Shetty, standing committee presidents Babu Shetty, Shashikanth Padubidri, Uday Kotian, opposition leader Janardhan Tonse, ZP member Geethanjali Suvarna, Mairmadi Sudhakar Shetty, Shilpa Suvarna, Reshma Uday Shetty and others visited the place of protest and extended their support.
Later deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary, Additional DC Anuradha and Assistant commissioner visited the protest place and received the memorandum from the protesters.
After receiving the memorandum DC Priyanka said, “We all are members of one family, the recent attack on me has increased my self-confidence. We will never lose our self-confidence in any difficult situations, our self-confidence will help us to work more. We will continue our fight against the illegal sand mining. Mobile squads will be set up to clear temporary shelters. We will take precautionary measures before going on a raid in future”, she added