Updated: August 28, 2016 12:33:39 am
Earlier this month, it was reported that the supply of essentials and fuel has improved in Tripura because NH 208A that connects Tripura with the rest of the country has been repaired. It this what happened?
In a post that has gone viral on Quora user Pushpak Chakraborty of Manipal University shared an episode narrating how an IAS officer posted in Tripura got a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10 pm on July 21 asking for his help to repair National Highway 208. According to his post, one of the officials from Prime Minister’s Office called the officer whose name has not been revealed in the post and was asked if he could talk to the PM for a few minutes.
“His brain froze for a few seconds and he could feel his legs shivering. He meekly whispered yes and after a few beeps, the call was transferred and none other than Mr Modi was on call,” Chakraborty wrote in the post. indianexpress.com could not independently verify the incident. However, the Quora post has been viewed over 2,50,000 times and up voted by 12,500 of those readers till August 27 morning.
The post claimed Modi apologised for calling so late in the night but emphasised the need of the hour. He asked the officer to help the state repair the highway because of its importance and also informed him that his government has spoken to the officials in Assam and Tripura and he’ll be provided with everything he needs, it added.
“Next day, when he reached his office, he got communications from Tripura Government, Assam Government and GOI (Government of India). He was sanctioned funds for the project to repair 15 kms of the highway. He immediately took his staff and went to visit the stretch. He found 6 JCBs (truck) standing there that were provided by Assam Government. Over the next 4 days, more than 300 trucks with materials kept arriving and along with local workers and PWD officials from Assam and Tripura, he opened the highway for vehicles with necessities for Tripuram (Tripura),” claimed Chakraborty in the post.
UPDATE: With many on social media sites calling the report a fake, Chakraborty posted another piece on Quora claiming that he did not name the officer intentionally because “sharing such official communication with public is against the work protocol of officers”. Responding to an Economic Times journalist who posted that he had checked with the North Tripura district collector who had denied any such call, Chakraborty wrote: “I don’t know how could the journalist conclude who the officer is as I have not mentioned any name in my answer. Many other media houses have also approached various officers and they have refused to share the details, obviously. But, for all those who can understand Bengali, few officers and Tripura State Administration have confirmed it and it has been widely reported in local newspapers in Tripura.” He shared newspaper clips of the same in the post, the links to which are given below. In an August 13 post on Quora, Chakraborty calls himself a “member of the IT Cell of BJP”.
Here is the earlier post by Chakraborty that has gone viral on Quora:
An IAS officer who is well known to my father and is posted in North Tripura got a call at 10pm on 21st July. He was surprised to get a call so late in the night.
A young voice from the other side apologised for calling so late and asked if he is free for a few minutes because the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi wants to talk to him.
His brain froze for a few seconds and he could feel his legs shivering. He meekly whispered yes and after a few beeps, the call was transferred and none other than Mr Modi was on call. Modi apologised to him again for calling so late and said that he is just done with a meeting with Mr Nitin Gadkari and they needed his help to repair National Highway 208-A connecting Tripura to the rest of the country. He says he doesn’t even remember how he responded to it. All he remembers is Modi telling him that the GOI has spoken to both the Assam and Tripura Government and all help would be provided to him to oversee the project.
He didn’t sleep that night. Modi’s voice kept echoing in his mind and he couldn’t believe what had just happened. He tried connecting all dots and couldn’t find any logic.
Next day, when he reached his office, he got communications from Tripura Government, Assam Government and GOI. He was sanctioned funds for the project to repair 15 kms of the highway. He immediately took his staff and went to visit the stretch. He found 6 JCBs standing there that were provided by Assam Government.
Over the next 4 days, more than 300 trucks with materials kept arriving and along with local workers and PWD officials from Assam and Tripura, he opened the highway for vehicles with necessities for Tripura.
Yesterday Mr Nitin Gadkari called him to thank him for his remarkable efforts and promised that NH-44 would be repaired on a war mode. He also asked him to visit PMO office whenever he is in Delhi.
That’s my India with such remarkable stories of valour and I am proud of it. This story signifies how the Central Government is concerned about its people and there are numerous, I repeat, numerous such stories from across the country.
Again, indianexpress.com has not been able to verify any of the claims in the post.
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