Kerala IAS officer’s epic reply on Facebook when asked by MP for an apology

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Not so long ago, we reported about Kerala’s Collector Bro, who had caused a revolution of sorts by using the social media platform, Facebook, to feed the hungry in his district.

Now, the District Collector of Kozhikode, N Prasanth, is in news, once again for his Facebook. But this time the story is slightly different.

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Prasanth was recently asked for an apology by the local Congress MP M K Raghavan over use of funds under the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Raghavan reportedly wanted an apology over the district administration’s apparent delay in sanctioning projects in his constituency.

But, the IAS officer instead posted a ‘map’ on Facebook. Map in Malayalam also means apology.

Given his Facebook popularity, the post soon went viral. But the officer clarified that it was not meant to insult anyone.

“Everyone should respect the privacy of an individual. Posting a comment on social media is not the same as signing a government file. It is not possible to obtain prior permission before a Facebook post,” he was quoted by Indian Express.
In a review meeting recently, Raghavan was critical of the district collector seeking re-inspection of the work before the bills were cleared for payment. Raghavan contended that re-inspection would amount to insulting him, and sought an apology.

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