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After Diana controversy, Tripura CM says 'Mechanical engineers should not opt for civil services'

By Deepika

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has courted controversy yet again. Days after courting a controversy over his remarks against Diana Hayden, Deb said on Saturday that mechanical engineers should not apply for the civil services, but civil engineers should.

Biplab Deb

Speaking at an event in the state capital, Agartala, on Civil Service Day, he said, "Earlier, people from the arts stream used to become civil servants. Later, doctors and engineers opted for the civil services. However mechanical engineers should not opt for the civil services, and civil engineers should, for civil services in administration need to build a society and civil engineers have that knowledge."

Deb said civil service officers should be all-rounders as "people who are expert in all disciplines have the highest demand". To drive his point home, he cited the examples of Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.

"People take names of special players such as Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. Dev's bowling was good, but batting was also excellent. This is the age of speciality. All-rounders are accorded highest priority," Deb said.

The chief minister added that doctors too have an added benefit of utilising their skills in a civil service post, Tripura Infoway reported. "If s/he is a doctor, if anybody becomes sick, then the knowledge will work out as immediate action," he claimed. "In case of any successful person, including cricketers, you have to be all-rounder."

Deb had earlier claimed that internet existed during the Mahabharata era, later he passed comments on Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden and accused her of not being Indian enough to deserve the coveted title.

Deb also went on to challenge the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, saying that in three years the growth of Tripura would be higher than that of West Bengal.

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