An amateur video showing a district magistrate in India lashing out at municipal workers and engineers for using substandard materials in road construction has become an instant online phenomenon.

The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows B. Chandrakala, the district magistrate from Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, angrily telling the workers to return the bricks that were purchased and saying that they should be ashamed for wasting public money. India's roads are generally built by the government and are often in a woeful state.

The video shows a man striking together two bricks used for construction, breaking one of them easily. "This is your work?" Chandrakala asks in the video. "You will go to jail right now, understand?"

"At least have some shame," she continues. "This is the public's money."


Chandrakala reminded the local officials that of the 17 projects that they had undertook, 10 projects had never started. "Today, you're going to every one of those projects," she ordered.

The video has since been posted on YouTube, with a title, "You have to watch this once. We need officers like this in India!" At the time of this post, the original video had received nearly 74,000 likes, 67,000 shares and thousands of comments.

According to the Deccan Herald, the district magistrate has demanded an immediate inquiry and asked the civic commissioner to send a detailed report to her.