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    New Delhi (Sputnik): An Indian bureaucrat has sparked a row by saying that he wants to change his name, as he feels his Islamic name is the reason behind his frequent transfers.

    The utterance on social media by the officer in Madhya Pradesh state has evoked a lot of reactions from the Twitterati, with some of them even questioning his motive behind misusing the minority tag in a country where top posts have from time to time been occupied by people from the Muslim community.

    Niyaz Ahmed Khan, an officer of the central Madhya Pradesh government, recently tweeted that he had been transferred 19 times in 17 years of service, because he belonged to the minority Muslim community.

    ​His posts, however, drew derision on social media, with some reminding him about the privilege of Muslim presidents, Muslim chief ministers, scores of high-ranking bureaucrats, and even a captain of its national cricket team.

    ​Others advised him to stop his regressive thinking and that there is no need to change his name and identity.

    ​Stop this tactics to sell your novel

    ​According to reports in a regional news portal, Khan was pulled up by his superiors for his laxity. 

    Khan said that he is writing his sixth novel, which will depict alleged discriminatory treatment of officers from his community, including his own.

    ​The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has issued guidelines for officials to use social media, which “are increasingly becoming pervasive and integral to day-to-day functioning of our lives – whether personal or official”. The "Framework and Guidelines for Use of Social Media for Government Organisations” delineates a communication strategy to engage with the public.

    It says that social media may be used for seeking feedback from citizens, re-pronouncement of public policy, issue-based as well as generic interaction, brand building or public relations, generating awareness and education of national action plans and implementation strategies in the Indian context.

    However, public servants are barred from airing their personal grievances on public platforms, since they have official avenues for redressal.

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