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MP Govt issues notice to official for serving cold-tea, withdraws it later | Here's what happened

MP News: During his stay at the Khajuraho airport, the official was served with a notice seeking an explanation for serving cold and inferior quality tea to the chief minister.

Reported By : Anurag Amitabh Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari | New Delhi
Updated on: July 12, 2022 18:26 IST
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Highlights

  • The incident took place during MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's brief stay at Khajuraho airport
  • Official was served with a notice seeking an explanation for serving cold and inferior quality tea
  • Sub-Divisional Officer DP Dwivedi clarified that tea, breakfast were not served to CM

MP news: The Madhya Pradesh government issued a notice seeking an explanation for serving cold tea to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan but had to withdraw it later after the government faced flak on social media.

The incident took place during MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan's brief stay at Khajuraho airport in Chhatarpur district. 

During his stay at the Khajuraho airport, the official was served with a notice seeking an explanation for serving cold and inferior quality tea to the chief minister.

A show-cause notice was issued to Junior Supply Officer Rakesh Kanhua who was responsible for arranging tea and breakfast during the CM's transit visit at the airport on Monday, Rajnagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) DP Dwivedi said.

However, Congress highlighted the issue on social media and slammed the MP government asking why so much hate against a tea seller.

In the notice, the official was asked to reply within 3-days as to why cold and inferior quality tea was served to the CM failing which will initiate disciplinary action against him.

Sub-Divisional Officer DP Dwivedi said that the notice issued was served to the administrative officials.

However, following outrage on social media over the notice, Chhatarpur district collector Sandeep GR cancelled the notice served by Dwivedi.

Dwivedi clarified that the tea and breakfast arranged by Kanhua were not served to the chief minister as he didn't take a halt at the airport but only changed the aircraft at the airstrip.

Chouhan was on his way to Rewa for campaigning for the urban bodies polls.

"Kanhua was tasked with arranging tea and breakfast during the CM's transit visit at the Khajuraho airport at 11.30 AM on Monday," Dwivedi said.

He said it was found that tea arranged by Kanhua was cold and of inferior quality.

“According to the menu, you were entrusted with the responsibility of arranging the tea and breakfast but the quality of the tea provided to the chief minister was inferior and it was served cold," stated the notice issued by the SDM.

It said this can create an embarrassing situation for the district administration, raising a question about the protocol meant for VVIPs. The SDM had sought an explanation from the junior supply officer within three days.

As the copy of the notice was widely circulated on social media and invited criticism, the district collector issued an order, stating "the chief minister has made no comment on the protocol violation, thus the show-cause notice issued to the junior supply officer in this regard has been cancelled".

On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman Narendra Saluja took a dig, saying, “the people may even not get ration or not be able to get an ambulance, but the chief minister should not get cold tea”.

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