Have you ever heard of an official impose a fine upon himself for wrongdoing? Well, it happened right here and we're quite taken aback TBH! The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district, when the Ghaziabad District Magistrate imposed a fine on himself. While we may find humour in this situation, it actually speaks volumes on the true nature of humility and the understanding of conservation of our natural resources by a government official.
Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on himself and other staff members after finding out that water was overflowing from an overhead tank of the collectorate building. While water conservation has become extremely important, Pandey obviously knows the long-term detriments of water scarcity in the city, before he imposed a hefty fine upon himself and his colleagues.
He warned all the officers and the staff members that such wastage of water will not be tolerated or entertained in the future, since the country is heading towards depletion of the natural resource. A report by NITI Ayog says that by 2020, 21 cities in India including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad will run out of groundwater, affecting around a 100-million people. So, it's our civil and social responsibility as responsible citizens to save the natural resource by any means.
After the Ghaziabad DM entered his office, he heard the sound of overflowing water, falling behind his room and immediately the entire staff was 'held guilty' for water wastage. The fine will be shared between all the officers and staff, and would be deposited in the treasury.
We certainly need ardent leaders like Ajay Shankar Pandey who lead by example of selfless good deeds done to save, preserve and protect the environment and our natural resources. Kudos to you, sir!