Kalpetta, Wayanad: A departmental inquiry is on against a government staff who mocked a man who called the Control Room at the Wayanad District Collectorate to check whether schools would be functioning amid heavy rains. "School is there, where will it go," the official is reported to have told Kattiyadan Mohammed Ali of Valad, Manathavady, a father of school-going children.
Ali made the call after print and visual media put out a notification from the district collector to call the mobile number 92079 85027 to check if schools are working. The official did not bother to answer when Mohammed asked for his name.
Mohammed released his recording of the conversation in Malayalam with the official to media later.
The conversation (translated)
Mohammed: I'm calling from Valad, wanted to find out if the school will be there today.
Official: Of course, the school is there, where will the school go?
Mohammed: Not that, I'm asking if classes will be there.
Mohammed: Want to know if classes will be there.
Official: Classes will be held, classes will be held, if there's anything you will be told.
Mohammed: Why do you ask me where the school will go when I make an enquiry?
Official: No you have to ask if classes are there, you are educated, you have to ask whether classes are there.....where will the school go (audio then gets unclear)
Mohammed: Is this number given to us to receive such answers?
Official: I said you will be informed later if there is anything.
Mohammed: No. I called the collectorate, the nerve-center of the administration.
Official: I've told you the school is there, I didn't say it is not there.
Mohammed: You asked where the school will go, it is there.
Official: That's what I said, you will be informed on TV.
Mohammed: What is your name?
(Official cuts the call).
After Manorama reported the issue, an enquiry was ordered and the home guard was found to be the culprit, who was reprimanded by the collector. The home guard then apologised and said he regretted the incident.
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