The firebrand officer Inspector General of Police (Home Guard and Civil Defence, Bengaluru) D Roopa IPS has once again made everyone proud with her move. This is not the first time officer like D Roopa has proved that they work for the country without any selfish motives and the officers like her are there to remove the corruption from the country, not to be a part of corruption and not there to be used by any politician or political party for their self-benefits.
She is the same lady Singham who had courageously exposed that jailed former AIADMK leader VK Sasikala had free access outside Bengaluru jail she was lodged in and Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao took 2 crores in bribe and allotted a separate kitchen to Sasikala in Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara Central jail. The brave officer who was then targeted for exposing the crime by the Karnataka Congress government has now once again made everyone proud by refusing to accept ‘Namma Bengaluru Award’, given by a non-profit organisation Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
In a letter written to the Chairman of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, the senior police official has thanked NBF for recognising her efforts but has refused to accept the award because of a high cash reward associated with the same. She has written to the organisation saying her “conscience” does not permit her to accept the award.
She also emphasised, “Every government servant is expected to maintain neutrality and equidistance from all quasi-political bodies and associations that have even the bare minimum political overtone. Only then a public servant can maintain a clean and fair image in the eyes of the public”. She added, “It becomes all the more relevant now in the view of the ensuing elections.”
In the letter, Roopa also congratulated NBF for their “benevolent gesture” and their citizen-centric work and said that she will support all citizen-centric or social work.
Roopa is first Kannadiga woman police officer to be posted in her home state. She has been transferred 17 times in her career. Prior to her IGP posting, she was temporarily transferred to Traffic and Road Safety Department.
Roopa was nominated for the Government Official of the Year category. Eight government officers including Roopa have been shortlisted for the award and the winner will be announced at an event in Bengaluru. A source close to Roopa said that she preferred to decline her participation rather than return the award, if she eventually turned out to be the winner.
Namma Bengaluru Awards are given to multiple personalities across categories by the foundation funded by businessman and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar. This is the ninth edition of the awards.
The Namma Bengaluru Foundation is a political platform for many civic issues involving the city. The NGO is also party to many cases in courts involving the civic bodies, state government regarding civic and environmental issues.
The officer D Roopa is considered no less than a film hero because she never hesitated to go against any corrupt individual, no matter what kind of political position he/she held. The nation needs officers like D Roopa because being an IPS officer, has huge scope to clean the system. But not everyone can withstand the pressure of the corrupt and powerful politicians. Salute to the lady Singham!!!