Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government may have celebrated its first tourism day on February 14 but at the same time blatantly protecting a District Magistrate (DM) at the cost of domestic and foreign tourism despite rather unprecedented agitation against the officer.
It is more than a month when employees of Dudhwa National Park, a wildlife spot of international fame about 130 kms from the state capital on Indo-Nepal border, have been on the boil against the DM of Lakhimpur Kheri Kinjal Singh for her alleged high-handed behaviour and floundering of forest laws. The high point was reached on Thursday when the ground staff returned all the elephants, meant for the tourists, to the department. It came soon after the forest guards surrendered their arms and sweepers their brooms.
While the staff of Dudhwa National Park is already on strike, the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav looks in no mood to take a call on the DM, widely known as a 'short tempered' officer and who according to forest staff had violated forest rules many times owing to her personal whims. Written memorandum was also sent to the government in this regard.
The murmurings in the bureaucratic circles suggest that Kinjal Singh is close to the political leadership to an extent that the state government was losing heavy chunk of tourism but refuses to remove her.
A senior officer of state appointment department told 'newztrack' that only CM had to take call on this. The senior officials at the government level are,however, of the view that she should be removed in order to normalise functioning of Dudhwa National Park but it is not likely to happen till she enjoys favour from the top.