CM MP orders transfer of government official for insensitivity to disabled person

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday ordered the transfer of an additional district magistrate from Indore for allegedly mishandling a disabled man and ordered officials to deal sensitively with physically disabled people, said an official.

The incident occurred on Tuesday during a public hearing at the Indore Collector’s office where the man had gone to dispatch his request to transfer an ancestral property to his name.

He managed to reach the first floor of the tax collector’s office and asked the guards to let him into the room where the public hearing was taking place, but they refused and asked him to show the registration form, which caused an argument.

The disabled man also shouted at them for not being given a wheelchair, after which staff arranged one for him and took him to the room where Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Pavan Jain was conducting the public hearing weekly, sources said.

The man told his problem to Jain, but when the latter allegedly failed to give him the desired attention, the man banged a folder of documents on the table and threw his cell phone, part of which hit the ADM who got angry.

The manager then allegedly yelled at the man and later a member of the security staff also slapped him, sources said, adding that he was then taken out of the collector’s office and asked to leave.

Chouhan, in a review meeting with district officials, took serious note of the incident and ordered Jain’s transfer to Bhopal, a public relations department official said. The CM also ordered officials to deal sensitively with people with disabilities, the official said.

(With PTI inputs)

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