Government officials drain precious water from reservoirs to recover dropped smartphones

There should be many people who have dropped their smartphones from their hands. A government official who inadvertently dropped a smartphone in a reservoir has drawn attention to the fact that it drains the precious water of the reservoir to recover it.

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The incident occurred in Chhattisgarh state in central India.

The Times of India, a daily newspaper in India, reported that Rajesh Vishwas, a food inspector at the government agency of the state, said that the Kherkatta Dam, a reservoir in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. )”.

Mr. Vishwas asks a local diver to retrieve the dropped smartphone, saying it contains confidential government data. However, because the diver failed to retrieve the smartphone, Mr. Vishwas seems to have ordered his subordinates to empty the water in the reservoir using a diesel engine pump.

According to local media, more than 2 million liters of water have been pumped out of the reservoir in the three days since the order. This amount of water is enough to irrigate at least 1,500 acres of land in India's scorching summers.

Vishwas told local media, 'Irrigation officials said, 'The water is not being used by the farmers, and there is no problem with removing 3 feet (about 1 meter) of the water.' We have drained it,' he said.

A video has been circulating on social media showing Vishwas sitting under a red umbrella next to a diesel engine pump running to draw water out of the reservoir.

Although the smartphone that Mr. Vishwas dropped in the reservoir was eventually recovered, it seems that it could not be started because it was flooded.

As India is one of the most water-stressed countries, Mr. Vishwas' wasting water resources has been widely criticized on social media and elsewhere. Since then, Mr. Vishwas has been suspended by the authorities, but there are also voices on social media that the punishment imposed by ``just suspended'' is too light.

In addition, Mr. Priyanka Shukla, a government employee in the Kanker district, issued a statement to the local media, ``Mr. Vishwas pumped water from the reservoir without obtaining official permission.This is an unacceptable act.'' increase.

In addition, local authorities explain that they have launched an investigation of those involved in allowing Mr. Vishwas to pump water.

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