Protest mounts against Crypto Christian IAS officer in Tamilnadu

published on September 10, 2012

Retired civil servants chastise a Tamilnadu IAS Official who indulged in Christian propaganda

Umashankar, IAS. He is a serving Civil Servant in the capacity of Commissioner, Disciplinary Proceedings Department, Tamilnadu. 

Last week he addressed a Church meeting in Kanyakumari District propagating Christianity. Already he is being charged with securing bogus caste certificate to enable him to enjoy benefits of reservation applicable to Scheduled Caste.

Members of public led by State BJP President Pon Radhakrishnan registered their protest by staging a demonstration. Over 400 persons were arrested in this connection. 

Umashankar says ‘I am a Dalit and no one can question my right of worship.’ Vijayabharatham (September 14, 2012), a nationalist Tamil weekly, invited opinions of three retired IAS Officials on this development. 

Smt Chandralekha IAS (retd.) wondered if a civil servant plays up a particular religion how the other religionists among members of public can approach him.  Rules do not permit Government officials to engage in propaganda of a particular creed, she added.

Sri N Murugan IAS (retd.) pointed out that Official turning propagandists are emboldened by the absence of stringent action by the Government. 

Sri V Sundaram IAS (retd), in his response, advised Umashankar to quit Government job if he was for becoming a full time Christian preacher.  He cited pertinent Government rules forbidding Government officials associating with any particular caste, linguistic or political group.  He demanded that the Government should dismiss Umashankar for indulging in Christian propaganda.

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