IAS officers hit the headlines for all the right reasons and Mr Ram was the latest one to set a great example to the society. Being a deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills from Meghalaya, he still walks 10 km every week in order to source organic produce from local farmers.
The lean and fit officer also refrains from using plastic bags and instead, he uses bamboo basket which he slung over his shoulders to carry veggies.
Speaking to East Mojo about his eco-friendly rituals which makes him feel good, he said,
“Many complained that it was difficult to walk carrying a load of vegetables. I suggested they carry a ‘kokcheng’ (a local bamboo basket) which also helps fight the plastic menace. But they just laughed it off.
So, my wife and I headed to the market carrying a bamboo basket which I found very helpful in many ways. Many of the youth today aren’t fit and fine. I feel that they should start walking and control their diet too.”
As per a report in the Indian Express, Ram, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, has been working as deputy commissioner since December 1, 2017
“21 kg of weekend organic vegetable shopping, No plastic, no vehicular pollution, no traffic jam, Fit India, Fit Meghalaya, Eat Organic, Clean & Green Tura, POSHAN, 10 km morning walk,” Ram posted on social media while sharing pictures of his weekly forays.
It also included a picture with his wife and child walking alongside.
Moreover, he is also promoting a sustainable lifestyle, which Ram also believes in fitness. He walks to the market to promote fitness and also fight the traffic in Tura town, setting an example for others to follow suit.
The offer has also banned the distribution of sweets in his office for a healthier lifestyle and he has been doing this for the past 6 months, according to reports.
A man whose fabulous initiative has inspired others in India, Ram believes, “Modern challenges need traditional solutions. If we go by traditional ways, we can stay fit,” he said in a report by NDTV.