We have all grumbled about having to go to work early in the morning. But doing so got a police officer in Uttar Pradesh transferred.

Kasganj SP Ashok Kumar had complained about a new order from UP CM Yogi Adityanath that asked public officials to come to office at 9 am.

A video of the police officer purportedly saying that “coming to office every day at 9 am was torture” went viral on social media. The Kasganj SP was speaking to reporters about the new Yogi Adityanath government order to bureaucrats.

“This decision should not be applicable to police as we come home from work at three or four in the night. This a hunter. I agree you should make sure bureaucrats are working but it’s unfair to expect that police officer will be in the office at 9 am sharp. This is torture to an extent. There should be rational flexibility. We are responsible officers. If even DMs and SPs will be kept tabs on by the media, then I am sorry about this state of affairs,” Ashok Kumar can be heard saying in the video.

In a late night order, Ashok Kumar was transferred from his post. He has now joined the 9th battalion of Pradesh Armed Constabulary Moradabad.

As part of efforts to improve the overall functioning of the bureaucracy in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has passed several orders in the past few weeks. The Yogi Adityanath government directed all the officers to reach their offices sharp at 9 am to ensure that the departments run smoothly, failing to which, they will have to face serious consequences.

The chief minister, in his order, had directed all the district magistrates and police chiefs to schedule public meetings between 9 am and 11 am.

The order had left many babus upset as they felt that CM Adityanath should consider the fact that most of the officers under the hammer work late on a daily basis, and in the given circumstances, “reaching office at 9 am is not practically possible”.