The chief officer of Bhuj municipality in Kutch district in Gujarat was placed under suspension with immediate effect for dozing off during a function attended by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.
An official stated on Sunday that Jigar Patel was suspended by the state’s urban development and urban housing department on Saturday evening, hours after cameras caught him sleeping at the Bhuj function.
“The order to suspend him for gross negligence and lack of devotion to duty was issued under Rule 5(1)(a) of Gujarat Civil Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1971. Disciplinary action was taken due to his misconduct and lapse,” the official said.
CM Patel distributed property cards—documents of ownership—of residential housing for the rehabilitation of the around 14,000 earthquake victims in Kutch at the event.
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