IAS officer resigns to join politics

IAS officer resigns to join politics
Bhubaneswar, Jun 24 (PTI) Encouraged by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's call for 'good people' to join politics, Andhra Pradesh cadre Oriya IAS officer Debabrata Kantha quit the flourishing career to join politics after paying a hefty amount of over Rs 20 lakh to the government.

Kantha, a 1987 batch IAS officer, decided to join politics after a 20-year service. "Enough is enough. I joined IAS at the age of 21 years. Now I have decided to change the course of my life," Kantha told PTI.

Kantha paid the amount as per the agreement with the government. He had undergone a training programme at Maxwell School of Public Affairs, New York, at the government's cost and supposed to work under it for three more years till 2010.

The young officer was the third in a series of IAS officers who resigned to join politics in orissa.

Fourty-three-year-old Kantha who hails from flood prone Dasrathpur village in Jajpur district, hoped his resignation would not affect his family. His wife Soumya Mishra is an IPS officer working in DIG rank in Andhra Pradesh.

"I have full support of my wife. She will look after the family," Kantha said.

When contacted, Mishra refused to comment on her husband's choice of becoming a leader than a bureaucrat. "You speak to him. He can say better about his future," she said.

Though Kantha was confident of getting a Congress ticket to fight the assembly elections in 2009, the state party leadership confirmed that the IAS officer was yet to apply to be taken as the primary member of the Congress.

"I hope to get the ticket. If the party leadership finds me suitable, I will get the chance to serve the people", he said.

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