Here are 3 amazing, brave, dedicated civil servants of India who have made us all extremely proud and done extraordinary work for the country, some even losing their lives while performing their duty, but never taking the easy way out. We salute these true heroes.They are the real heroes of our India.
3Rashmi V Mahesh – on warpath against the corrupt education system
- 1996 batch IAS officer IAS Rashmi Mahesh has been transferred 20 times in 18 years! After taking charge as the executive director of the Karnataka Education Authority (KEA) in 2011, she stepped on the toes of the medical and engineering college lobbies by putting a stop to seat blocking and irregularities in seat distribution. She gave many a college management panels a run for their money as she completely stopped the misuse of government seats. She was later shifted to the Department of Medical Education (Health & Family Welfare, Bangalore) as Secretary, where she continued her battle against the unethical dealings of private institutes.
- In October 2014 she was attacked by an angry mob after she exposed a multi-crore scam in the Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysore where she was posted as the Director-General.
2Armstrong Pame – “Miracle Man” who built Manipur’s “People’s Road”
- 30-year-old Armstrong Pame is the 5th IAS officer from the Zeliangrong community (consisting of Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei Naga tribes.) In 2012, after becoming the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Tousem, which lies in his home district, Tamenglong, Manipur, Armstrong was moved by the plight of his people who had to walk for hours, carrying sacks of rice, firewood etc. due to the lack of a non-motorable road. In July 2012, an outbreak of typhoid and malaria in the area saw hundreds of afflicted villages dying as they could not make it to the nearest hospital in town on time – very few who were carried on makeshift bamboo stretchers, on foot, survived. With the government refusing funds citing lack of resources, Armstrong decided to build a 100-km road on his own that would link Manipur with Nagaland and Assam.
- “My wife and I donated a month’s salary, Armstrong put in Rs.5 lakh, and our mother paid our dad’s one month’s pension of Rs.5,000. Our youngest brother, Lungtuabui, recently started working. He donated his entire first month’s pay for the project,” Jeremiah Pame, an assistant professor at the Delhi University and elder brother of Armstrong told the Times of India in an interview.
- Jeremiah then turned to Facebook to raise funds which led to helping to pour in from across the world. The 100 km “People’s road” was successfully built, with the villages working as labourers, by early 2013, earning Armstrong Pame the sobriquet, “Miracle Man.” Armstrong is a 2009 batch IAS officer and a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
1Sanjukta Parashar – striking terror amidst Bodo militants
- Despite securing the 85th rank in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examinations, Sanjukta Parashar chose IPS over IAS, thus becoming the first and only Assamese woman IPS officer to get a posting in Assam. As Superintendent of Police in Assam’s Johar district, Sanjukta has been leading the anti-Bodo militant operations in Sonitpur district of Assam, gunning down 16 militants and arresting another 64 in the last one and a half years. Wielding a Kalashnikov, she has been leading a team of CRPF jawans as they recover arms & ammunition and tackle the insurgency in the northeast. An IPS officer of the 2006 batch, Sanjukta is the mother of a 2-year-old son and manages to meet her husband (IAS officer Puru Gupta) only once every two months.
- She graduated in Political Science from the Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University and then pursued her Masters, M.Phil and PhD in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).