Assam’s Cachar DC refuses to go on go away for marriage ceremony as COVID-19 instances spike, as an alternative groom flies in


Guwahati, September 13 

The deputy commissioner of Assam’s Cachar district who’s main the struggle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic from the entrance most popular responsibility over private life as she refused to take go away even for a day for her marriage and as an alternative the groom flew in for the ceremony. 

Keerthi Jalli, a 2013 batch IAS officer, stunned household and mates when she informed them that she couldn’t come residence in Hyderabad for her marriage ceremony by leaving apart her essential official duties.

Rather, she informed them, she could be completely happy to get married at her official bungalow in Silchar if the groom involves her place of posting.

“I just could not think of taking leave for my wedding. I understand it is the most important event of anyone’s life, but I could not imagine going away from my district where the average positive cases is about 100 and I am fighting to save lives,” Jalli informed PTI over telephone.

Her household, in-laws, particularly the groom, appreciated her choice.

The groom, Aditya Shashikant, who’s from Pune, got here to Silchar effectively prematurely in order that he may stay in obligatory quarantine, following the native COVID-19 protocols.

The marriage ceremony happened on Wednesday, an Assam authorities vacation, with no pandal or ornamental lights however solely Carnatic music taking part in within the background.

About 800 members of the family and mates watched the marriage by means of Zoom video app from completely different elements of the nation in addition to overseas.

“My parents could not come from Hyderabad as they were recuperating from COVID after both of them tested positive. Only my younger sister was on my side at the wedding,” Jalli stated.

All mates and households, who attended the wedding by means of Zoom app, dressed up like they had been on the venue, simply to cheer up the couple.

The younger DC invited a couple of colleagues and mates from her district Cachar and Hailakandi, the place she was posted earlier until May.

All of the friends got staggered timing and at no level of time, greater than 20 individuals had been current at her bungalow as per the present COVID protocol.

Interestingly, most of Jalli’s colleagues didn’t know that she was getting married they usually had been invited to her bungalow on the pretext of a ‘Ganesh Puja’ and all of them realised in regards to the marriage ceremony solely after they arrived at her residence.

Jalli attended workplace on Tuesday and once more on Thursday, a day after the wedding, when she visited the Silchar Medical College Hospital to take inventory of the hospital infrastructure amid the spike in COVID instances within the Barak valley.

In between, on the marriage day too, she was attending official telephone calls and saved giving a number of administrative directions.

Ever since she has joined Cachar, Jalli has been working for capability enhancement of the Silchar Medical College, different hospitals within the district and enhancing vital well being infrastructure.

In her earlier posting in neighbouring Hailakandi, Jalli was identified for her commendable work associated to healthcare, girls welfare and bringing concord between communities, after a couple of incidents of communal strife.

“I had received phenomenal love and respect for my work in Hailakandi,” she stated.

Hailakandi, bordering Bangladesh, was missing in numerous growth parameters and thought of to be a socially delicate district.

In her earlier posting because the Sub Divisional Officer at Titabor in Jorhat, Jalli had undertaken an revolutionary scheme, ‘Bhoni’ (youthful sister) to boost girls participation in election for which she was honoured by the then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2016. –PTI



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