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5 Times how IAS Officers cared for the nation and set a great example

IAS officers are making the headlines for all the right reasons. The ultimate aim of a civil servant is to make a huge difference in people’s lives. Time and time again, they have proved that they are worth the weight in gold. Once they decide to bring a change, there is literally nothing who can stop them.

Bihar IAS Officer adopts 2 daughters of Pulwama martyrs, will fund their education

After the Pulwama terror blast, the families of martyrs incurred huge losses. Thanks to the citizens, celebrities and other important leaders are stepping forward to raising money for them. More than 80,000 people have contributed to ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ after Pulwama attack.

While so many of them are donating money for a good cause, a lady IAS officer in Bihar is setting a good example as she adopted daughters of two of the martyrs. Inayat Khan, District Magistrate (DM) of Sheikhpura in Bihar has said that she has made up her mind to adopt daughters of two martyrs from the state.

Credits: Laughing Colours

The Bihar cadre 2012 batch IAS officer went on to add that she will bear the total education cost and other expenses throughout the life for the daughters of Ratan Kumar Thakur and Sanjay Kumar Sinha.

“I have directed officials to open an account to raise funds for families of two victims. Whatever amount will be collected by March 10, we will divide and give it to their families. I want to appeal to the people to contribute as much as you can so that we can stand by their families at a time when they need our support,” Inayat told ANI.

Not just that! she has also decided to donate two-day salary to the families of the two martyrs. Let’s take a moment to appreciate her generosity.

IAS Officer Ritu Sain- She turns the dirtiest place to India’s cleanest small city

Ritu Sain has set a great example in Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur city in Surguja district as she turned the dirtiest town to India’s cleanest small city.

She is a 2003-batch IAS officer who made a huge difference in the town by converting the stinking place into a clean town so that people would live happily. She recalls her old memories when she initially stepped into this town. The moment she entered, she couldn’t bear the smell and it was then she decided to bring a change.

Credits: HT

“There was a big signpost welcoming people to the municipal corporation of Ambikapur, and bang opposite that was a huge open dumping yard. The stink was unbearable. I thought to myself, what kind of impression the city would create if this was the first thing a person saw after entering,” she said.

For Sain, duty and responsibility come ahead of anything else. She took charge of the city as the collector and she knew exactly what she was doing to tackle the challenges. “There was no looking back since that day. I was clear about what I wanted to do,” Sain, now Chhattisgarh’s additional resident commissioner in Delhi, said.

“It was a challenge. The city with a population of 1,45,000 had meagre funds and hardly any capacity to take up the cleaning task. I knew whatever I did would have to be participatory, viable and replicable,” Sain, who pursued international relations from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University told Hindustan Times.

Thus after studying a broad spectrum of the problem, Sain made a decisive plan with variously available stakeholders and started the solid and liquid resource management model on a pilot basis.

Women from several Self Help Groups (SHG) were asked assistance and a 3-member team containing SHG workers were formed and each team was assigned a 100 households from where they had collect garbage from door to door.

A garbage clinic was launched where the women divide the collected garbage into 24 categories of organic and inorganic waste. After the 3rd and final round of micro separation was done, the refined and cleaned waste is sold to scrap dealers.

By May 2016, all 48 wards of the city were covered and then the municipality also fined per user charge for door-to-door collections. As of now, 447 women work from 7 am to 5 pm daily at 48 garbage segregation centres with safety measures who also undergo health checkups on a regular basis.

Finally, the 16-acre dumping yard has been transformed into a sanitation awareness park. Then the 200 flooded community dustbins have now finally been replaced with only five

“It’s a self-sustaining model. Each woman gets to earn Rs 5,000 per month from user fee and sale of recyclables. We have spent Rs 6 crore to put the entire infrastructure in place and have already earned Rs 2 crore. The money earned is being spent on the sanitation workers,” Sain said.

Due to her efforts, Ambikapur has been declared as the cleanest smallest city in 2018 cleanliness survey by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. “It’s very fulfilling to see that something we started has come so far and is sustaining itself,” Sain said.

IAS officer eats lunch with Govt. School kids, to taste the quality of food himself

S Suhas IAS, the district collector is an epic source of inspiration to all the Keralites in the state. In a bid to test the quality of the food served at the government school, Suhas joined the students for a mid-day meal.

The students of Government Sree Devi Vilasam (SDV) UP School Neerkunnam in Kerala’s Alappuzha stumbled upon a surprise visitor among them during the lunch session.

Credits: District Collector, ALAPPUZHA/ FACEBOOK

As far as Suhas IAS is concerned, he had reached the school around lunch session and inspected kitchen to make sure that the school students are supplied with food of top quality. SDV school is deemed as one of the best government schools in Kerala which holds a student strength of 1,600 making it the largest in its category in the district in terms of scholars.

“Since SDV is the largest school in the district in terms of numbers, I wanted to personally check the quality of the mid-day meal for students there,” Suhas was quoted saying in a Facebook post on the official page of the Alappuzha District Collector.

The pictures were shared on the Facebook page and in that, Suhas IAS is seen spending some quality time with students as he relishes the mid-day meal along with them. The Facebook post gave us the initial impressions that the officer was completely contented with the quality of the meal that includes rice, curd, cucumber and potato recipes

He was posted as the Alappuzha District Collector this month. The most honest officer had previously won praises for his decisive approach in intercepting school dropout among tribal students in his previous posting in Wayanad District in the same state.

Suhas is a 2012 batch IAS officer who opted Civil Service over higher education in top universities like Maryland University and University of California with scholarships. He came to help out tribal communities and also learnt the reason for students dropping out of school.

Previously, as part of his dropout-free Wayanad project, Suhas selected 30 tribal students based on their school attendance and excellence in the half-yearly exam and offered a free ride for them on the Kochi metro train.

Manipur IAS Officer leads rescue operation, saves people’s lives in the flood-hit area in Imphal

Manipur ran through a miserable experience when heavy showers troubled the city through and through. In the process, waterlogging paralysed normal life. The severe effects of monsoon were witnessed when people lost their homes due to the flash flood in June.

One such district that got badly affected due to the flash flood and landslide was Imphal. Due to these natural calamities, people got affected very badly. However, the state saw real heroes emerge as saviours for the victims. The selfless people, who, without even caring for their own life, sprung into action to give a helping hand to the sufferers.

Credits: IT

Thanks to the heroes who stepped in at the right place and at the right time on the ground and helped to bring some good optimism to an otherwise serious situation. One of the heroes who won people’s hearts was the IAS officer, Deleep Singh.

When monsoon rains arrived in Imphal, everything went into chaos owing to unrelenting rains and in this crisis, a photo of a flood control secretary, Deleep Singh from Manipur standing in waist-deep water and leading rescue operations in a flood-hit area of Imphal went viral on social media. The picture caught people’s attention and social media praised the officer’s gesture and brave act.

“Imphal and other areas in the northeast region have been witnessing heavy downpour for the last few days. The water levels in major rivers — Gomati, Deo, Manu and Haora — is rising with every passing hour, posing flood threat throughout the state”, says a report in Timesofindia.com.

As many as 6 districts of Assam – Golaghat, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Biswanath, Karimganj and Hailakandi – have been flooded. More than 10,000 people including 3,941 children from flood-affected districts have taken shelter in 71 relief camps.

When govt refused, this IAS officer built 100 km road himself, named it ‘People’s Road’

The country has seen so many brave IAS officers till date for maintenance of law and order. Being in the think of things only to bring a change to their respective cities is every IAS officer’s vision. But not all of their plans work out as it is entirely up to government’s hands to grant approval.

Armstrong Pame, an IAS officer in Manipur also had an idea to build a 100 km stretch of road in his city to connect two villages which have been inaccessible for ages. But he never got any support from the government. He didn’t give up! He sprung into action and created a big difference. Let’s find out as to how the officer defied all odds to bring a change in his city.

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The dabaang officer played an indispensable role ever since taking charge at the office and has always set high standards for himself for he marched towards it each day of his life. In some way or the other, he has managed to solve the problems that his city has been facing for ages.

While some officers are taking bribe from bigwigs behind the scenes for their own benefit, Armstrong is carrying the flag of responsibility to bring a change to his city and to put a smile on people’s faces. The honest officer hogged the limelight when he alone constructed a 100 km road in the state in 2012 without government support.

The country has seen so many brave IAS officers till date for maintenance of law and order. Being in the think of things only to bring a change to their respective cities is every IAS officer’s vision. But not all of their plans work out as it is entirely up to government’s hands to grant approval.

Armstrong Pame, an IAS officer in Manipur also had an idea to build a 100 km stretch of road in his city to connect two villages which have been inaccessible for ages. But he never got any support from the government. He didn’t give up! He sprung into action and created a big difference. Let’s find out as to how the officer defied all odds to bring a change in his city.

The dabaang officer played an indispensable role ever since taking charge at the office and has always set high standards for himself for he marched towards it each day of his life. In some way or the other, he has managed to solve the problems that his city has been facing for ages.

While some officers are taking bribe from bigwigs behind the scenes for their own benefit, Armstrong is carrying the flag of responsibility to bring a change to his city and to put a smile on people’s faces. The honest officer hogged the limelight when he alone constructed a 100 km road in the state in 2012 without government support.

The respect towards the officer grew day by day and since then, he has launched many initiatives with the recent one being when he planned to invite 10 selected students from Class 5 to 10 for dinner every week in a bid to give them a sneak peek in the life of an IAS officer. The students are chosen from a number of schools in the district.

In some remote areas of Manipur, the two such villages namely Tusem and Tamenglong were out of reach as there were no road facilities. But today, people living there will no longer worry about walking for hours or swim across the river as Armstrong worked beyond the call of duty to build a 100-km road, making it very easier for the villagers to reach the destination quickly by cutting down the travelling time. It is known as the People’s Road and the entire credit goes to Armstrong.

Earlier, Armstrong planned to get the road built. He even wrote to Manipur government explaining the situation but unfortunately, he was denied funds. But this did not interrupt his vision as he started gathering support through social media. What started as a contribution in small circle received more contribution than thought,

Armstrong garnered Rs 40 lakh for road construction through crowdfunding and then he himself put in Rs 5 lakh from his own pocket. The road links Manipur with the states of Assam and Nagaland. We might have seen a bud blooming into blossom and likewise, the two villages witnessed a massive change like ever before in Manipur, thanks to Armstrong’s wishful thinking that changed the lives of fellow villagers.

The most-liked IAS officer did his graduation in 2005 from St Stephen’s College in the national capital. He appeared for the Civil Services Examination where he cracked the examination in 2009 and was commissioned as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate in Tusem, Manipur.

In 2012, IAS officer Armstrong was nominated for the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award in the Public Service Category and was bestowed with India’s Most Eminent IAS Officer Award in 2015.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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