Who is IAS Ranbir Sharma?
Ranbir Sharma is an IAS officer of the year 2012 batch, was working in the post of its former Registrar, Firms and Institutions and Additional Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development.
IAS Officer Ranbir Sharma Suspended
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday removed the collector of Surajpur district after a video of the IAS officer slapping a man for violating lockdown norms went viral on social media.
The IAS Association also condemned the behaviour and wrote on Twitter: “It is unacceptable and against the basic tenets of the service and civility. Civil servants must have empathy and provide a healing touch to society at all times, more so in these difficult times.”
The collector had, however, apologised for his action.
In the almost 3-minute-long video, IAS officer Ranbir Sharma is seen slapping a man while enforcing lockdown norms in the district. He was also seen instructing the police officers accompanying him to beat the man.
IAS Gaurav Kumar Singh has been appointed as new district collector of Surajpur.
Ranbir Singh was replaced by IAS Gaurav Kumar Singh, a 2013 batch officer and Singh was shifted as joint secretary to the state secretarait.
“He was a 23-year-old man over-speeding on a sports bike. He had a fake slip which he claimed was for vaccination. We have to be a little strict with people to ensure that lockdown norms are followed. However, I apologize for my behaviour today,” Sharma said, while refuting claims that the person seen in the video is a minor.
Reacting to the incident and the viral video, Sanjeev Gupta, Secretary, Inter State Council Secretariat, Union Home Ministry, said the district collector’s act was “despicable” and “unbecoming of an IAS officer”. He said he has also raised this matter with Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary.
“Despicable conduct unbecoming of an IAS officer. Beating a young boy and banging his phone. Gora Sahib syndrome! He could have cross-checked with more dignity or let police take action for over speeding. I have brought it to notice of the Chief Secretary, Chhattisgarh,” he tweeted.
IAS Ranbir Sharma Contacts
Collector Office, Surajpur CG 497229
Email : surajpur[dot]cg[at]nic[dot]in
Designation : Collector
Phone : 07775266117
IAS Ranbir Sharma Twitter