Frustrated MP Panchayat Members Entrust Dog With Errant DM’s Job

When the District Magistrate did not come out to meet the villagers, they handed over their memorandum to a dog.

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Members of a panchayat in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district handed over a memorandum to a dog after their District Magistrate didn’t show up. (Photo: iStock Photos)

Members of a panchayat in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district showed their anger against the District Magistrate – who refused to meet them to hear their complaint against misbehaviour against an officer – by handing over the memorandum to a dog.

On Thursday, representatives of the panchayat went to meet District Magistrate, JP Irene Cynthia demanding action against an administrative officer for alleged misbehaviour with a woman panchayat member, and wanted to hand over a memorandum to her.

However, the DM did not come out to meet the villagers and instead sent the same officer against whom allegations of misbehaviour were levelled.

DP Dhankad, President of the panchayat representatives, told the media, “When the DM did not come to meet us despite our repeated attempts, and she sent the same officer who had misbehaved with the woman, we handed over our memorandum to a dog.”

We have been told by others that if we complain against any officer, then the same officer is not appointed to investigate the allegations leveled against him or her. But in Panna the situation is worse – where the officer who misbehaved with the woman panchayat member was himself sent to receive the complaint memorandum...We thought a dog is more loyal than the errant officer, and thus we handed over the memorandum to a dog.
DP Dhankad, President of panchayat representatives

(With inputs from IANS)

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