IAS Officer Returns to Work with 22-Day-Old Baby Amid Corona Crisis! That’s What We Call Wonder Woman

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IAS Officer Returns to Work with 22-Day-Old Baby Amid Corona Crisis! That’s What We Call Wonder Woman

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic has most of us working from home. But for an IAS officer in Andhra, it’s business as usual already.

Barely a month after giving birth, Srijana Gummalla, an IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh, is back to work at the Visakhapatnam municipal corporation. In a picture that’s been going viral online, Gummalla is seen taking a work call with a 22-day-old baby cradled in her arms, warming hearts on social media.

The officer reportedly rejected her mandatory six-month maternity leave because these are “extraordinary circumstances”, and that she wanted to  answer the “call of duty”. “As a human being, it is my responsibility to be of some help to the administration. I felt that this is the time we should all stand together and be of strength to each other,” she was reported as saying.

This act of devotion to her job, especially at a time where several lakhs of Indians are unsure what the future holds in store for them, has led to several social-media users raising their glasses to woman power.

Praise was also heaped on the officer from her peers in the IAS…

The officer’s return to work also caught the attention of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who tweeted that India was fortunate to have corona warriors like her.

The officer later responded to some of the praise on Twitter with humility and gratitude. “Taking every precaution with the baby. I keep the baby with me in a very protected environment for feeding and nurturing,” she tweeted. “Thanks a lot again, all of you”.

All through this 21-day lockdown, India has been saluting essential workers who are putting their lives on the line to make sure we’re safe. From healthcare workers to police officers, to grocery shop owners, it’s clear who the new heroes of this country are. Today, Gummalla has shown that she is not only a part of this prestigious club, but is also willing to lead the way. Now that’s what we call Wonder Woman.

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