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Assam: IAS Officer Keerthi Jalli Prioritises Work Over Her Wedding Amid COVID Crisis

By Abhas Sharma -
  • Updated
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  • 14th September 2020,
  • 3:53 PM

Keerthi Jalli is a 2013 batch IAS Officer, who surprised her family and friends by her decision of not attending her own wedding ceremony.

Deputy Commissioner of Cachar

Deputy Commissioner of Cachar

IAS officer Keerthi Jalli refused to take leave for her wedding as she believes her first priority is her professional duty and responsibilities. The Deputy Commissioner of Assam’s Cachar district who is leading a fight against the Corona Pandemic bravely refused to go out and take a leave for her wedding as her duties and responsibilities come first. The groom flew to the venue and talk to her realizing the situation.

Keerthi Jalli, a 2013 batch IAS Officer, surprised family and friends by her decision of not attending her own wedding ceremony at Hyderabad. As her duties came in the way of her personal life. She is okay to not have a full-fledged wedding ceremony as she told her family members that she would be happy to get married at her bungalow at Silchar if the groom is ready to come all the way at her posting place.

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When talking over the phone she replied ‘I could not think of taking a leave for my wedding, I know that it is the most important event in anybody’s life but I could not imagine going away from my district where the average positive cases are about 100. I will not stop until I win’.

The decision of not attending her own wedding at Hyderabad is appreciated not just by her family and friends but the groom also praised her this bravery. The groom Aditya Shashikant come all the way early from Pune to Silchar as to fulfil the criteria of staying in quarantine for few days following the COVID-19 protocols.

The wedding took place in Assam on Wednesday with no Pandals and decorative lights with Carnatic music being played in the background instead. All the guests who were supposed to attend the ceremony attended it through the Zoom video call and around 800 hundred guests (family members and friends including) joined the ceremony through the app.

As Keerthi’s parents were in home isolation because of their COVID positive situation, her sister was the only one who attended the ceremony from her side. All the members and guests who attend the ceremony through Zoom calling app were dressed like they were present in the ceremony with them just to cheer the couple.

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Young DC invited her colleagues from Cachar and Hailakandi district and interestingly they were told to come along for a Ganesh pooja at the residence but get surprised to see that they were invited at her friend’s wedding and not for Ganesh pooja.

In between her wedding day she manages to give instructions to her staff for work properly and on Tuesday and again on Thursday, she visited the Silchar Medical College Hospital to take stock of the hospital infrastructure amid the spike in COVID cases in the Barak valley, on a day after her marriage. She said ‘I have received a lot of love and respect for my work in Hailakandi’ and ‘she continues to prioritize her work over her personal life’ she said.

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