India – This is the most unecological story in India. A government employee was suspended for ordering him to empty a water tank to retrieve his smartphone. BBC reports.
It took three days to drain millions of liters of water from the Kergata dam in Chhattisgarh state after Rajesh Viswas dropped his Samsung while taking a selfie.
By the time he was found after draining the tank, it was too waterlogged to work. Rajesh Viswas said it contained sensitive government data and needed to recover it, but he was accused of abusing his position.
After local divers failed to find him at first, he paid to bring a diesel pump, he explained.
Two million liters of water
Rajesh Viswas said that he got permission for drainage verbally “Some water in the nearby canal”The officer pointed out “Will really benefit farmers who have more water”.
The pump pumped two million liters of water, enough to irrigate 600 hectares of farmland, for several days, the BBC reports.
His work was interrupted when a water resource officer arrived on a complaint. ” [Rajesh Vishwas] He has been suspended pending investigation. Water is an essential resource and cannot be wasted like this.”Priyanka Shukla, district officer of Kancare, told the newspaper National.
Rajesh Viswas denied abusing his position and said that the water he released came from the overflow area of the dam. “unusable”.
But his actions have drawn criticism from politicians, with the state’s National Vice President of the Opposition tweeting, for example: “When people rely on tankers to supply water during summer, the official emptied (millions of) liters that could have been used for irrigation of 1,500 acres of land. »
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