What is befitting a condolence meet to remember the thousands that died and many more displaced by the Uttarakhand floods? You observe silence for two minutes, then gorge on food and liquor courtesy funds that common people put together at the behest of a chief minister.
Or atleast that is what senior officials and district authorities of Shajehanpur District Hospital in Uttar Pradesh thought.
On June 26, a gathering was held to pay homage to the victims of the Uttarakhand Floods. While officials binged on food and liquor, “sad” Bollywood songs played in the background. The only address to the actual intent of the meet was a two minute silence that the officials observed, with probably much anticipation of the feast that awaited them.
This unique condolence meet came to public knowledge after a patient present at the hospital decided to leak it. Songs from the Shah Rukh Khan starrer- Devdas were of most demand and perhaps the image of a man drunk beyond his wits fitted the the mood.
The meet was sponsored courtesy donations from common people of Uttar Pradesh at the request of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. A local Samajwadi Party memeber, on hearing if this misdeed has registered a complaint against the hospital authorities with the district’s guardian, Om Prakash Singh.
The Chief Medical Superintendent, Dr. Narayan Das Arora did not offer any justification to the activity but was more incline to question why only he was being targeted. Staff at the hospital reported that most of the officers present at the meet were in an inebriated state.
The chief minister refused to comment on the event.