Bhopal: Deepali Rastogi, a senior IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, who has been in the eye of a storm for her articles in national dailies questioning the ODF campaign and fawning bureaucracy, has again rubbed the ruling party the wrong way by issuing an order that students staying in the hostels, ashrams or studying in schools run by the tribal development department would not take part in any political, religious or social event.
Rastogi, a 1994-batch IAS officer, is presently posted as Commissioner, tribal welfare.
There are around 2,629 ashrams, hostels and other institutions run by the tribal welfare departm
ent in the state, where more than two lakh students stay. These students are frequently used by the ruling party to swell crowds at political events.
Rastogi issued the order, acting on the complaint made by Jagan Solanki of Indore on the CM Helpline. The complaint said that a religious event was organised at Niwali Tehsil of Badwani district in March this year. Despite the fact that the annual examinations were underway, hundreds of young girl students staying in Tribal Welfare Department hostels were made to walk barefoot, balancing a ‘kalash’ on their heads, in the Shobha Yatra, which was a part of the event.