In a beautiful farewell gift, collector drives his chauffeur to work on his retirement day

By: Trends Desk | Published:November 4, 2016 3:32 pm
Collector drives chauffeur to office/ Screenshot: NDTV Collector drives chauffeur to office/ Screenshot: NDTV

There have been innumerable reported incidents of people in power misusing their authority over the less privileged – subordinates, drivers, workers etc. But in what can be called a trendsetter, district collector of Akola in Maharashtra G Sreekanth gave a parting gift to his driver that he may never forget in this lifetime. Reversing the roles, he drove the 58-year-old Digambar Thak to office on his retirement day just ahead of his farewell celebration.

In the photo, Thak could be seen wearing his white uniform and sitting on the back seat of the car while collector Sreekanth was behind the steering. Reportedly, he held the door for his driver as well. This moment must have been a memorable one for him.

Apparently, Thak has chauffeured 18 collectors around the town in his career as a driver and November 4 is reportedly his last day.

On the thought behind this beautiful gesture, Sreekanth said that this was his way of saying thanks to the man who has made sure all the collectors reached safe to the workplace.

“For close to 35 years, he’s helped the state with his service, ensuring that collectors get to their workplace safely, day after day. I wanted to make this a day to remember for him and also to say thank you for what he’s done,” Sreekanth told NDTV.

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    VP Joshi
    Nov 4, 2016 at 11:24 am
    A really good way to ensure good memories of one's working life!
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      Ashutosh Aggarwal
      Nov 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm
      This is exceptional, but I wish all our public servants are this humble
      1. B
        Nov 4, 2016 at 11:46 am
        This is indeed a very good gesture!
        1. C
          Nov 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm
          C p Chandra das from Memphis,;br/gt; Collector Sri Sreekanth is a real model to the heads of the districts in India. He had great respect for his driver, and on the last of driver, thought it fit to honour the person who took all care to take care of him. This reminded me of the practice followed by Panditji , the first Prime minister of India. The then PM, during his trips in in trains, always used to give a very warm handshake to the engine driver and the guard of the train before leaving the Rly station and after reaching the destination.
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            Dr. Vimal
            Nov 4, 2016 at 11:51 am
            Highly praise worthy gesture. Such goodwill acts should be aired by all the channels in this time of negative approach and environment. If positive news are aired more frequently, it will make society somewhat better for citizens. Kudos to Sreekanth as well !
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              Gowtham Prabhu
              Nov 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm
              Akola collector G Shrikant drives car, gave VIP treatment to his driver on driver's retirement. Really a memorable farewell!!
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                Joseph R Stephen
                Nov 4, 2016 at 11:10 am
                This collector should start a movement to clean up the politics and lead the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Country needs people like this collector.
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                  Sanjay Krishna
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 11:17 am
                  Clic example of a Senior officer's praise worthy gesture for his dedicated sub ordinate
                  1. M
                    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                    Although PM ModiJi rath is be an "Make in a German". Why ours PM ModiJi Cannot drive with his Driver on the back seat of his BMW 7-Series for a selfie?:)
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                      Niladrinath Mohanty
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm
                      Very thoughtful gesture.
                      1. D
                        Nov 4, 2016 at 10:25 am
                        Commendable gesture.
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                          Nusrat andrabi
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                          What a noble gesture of the officer, all appreciation for the officers,he choose a unique way for "Thanks Giving".
                          1. S
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm
                            a very thoughtful and kind gesture...recognition of services rendered, is a matter of pride and contentment in itself...salute to DM and the driver for his services..
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                              Subba Rao Venkata Vure
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm
                              Excellent gesture. Likewise personally see he will get all his due benefits without delay. Once again keep it sir.
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                                SUBRATA BAGCHI
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 9:23 am
                                Indeed, it is a remarkable and memorable gift.
                                1. S
                                  Nov 4, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                  I salute Mr.Srikanth, he is a Great human.
                                  1. P
                                    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                                    G Sreekanth = Being;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Thank you Sreekanthji, you made everyone's day with your humble humane gesture of love, respect and your belief in equality of labour.
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                                      Nair Viswanath
                                      Nov 5, 2016 at 7:40 am
                                      Would actually damage the image of the collector. Should have been a private affair and not advertised.
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                                        Sam Taylor
                                        Nov 8, 2016 at 5:13 am
                                        It warms my heart. Isn't this what hi taught, and the nation forgot?
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