IAS Success Stories:
IAS officers carry forward the decisions of Parliament and legislation, as passed by the cabinet. Not only do they help in framing and implementation of the government policies, but many of the IAS officers go beyond their duty and use various measures to improve society. In this article, we will know more about 5 such unique IAS officers who went the extra mile for the betterment of society. So here is the list of 5 IAS officers with their extraordinary work:
IAS Avnish Sharan was transferred in 2018 to a district of Chhattisgarh where two tribal communities (Baiga and Gond) were deprived of basic health facilities. Geographical constraints did not have a hospital and at times, and it was impossible for government ambulances to reach the villages during the golden hour. Moreover, these tribal people did not even have money for health services and private vehicles.
As a measure, IAS Avnish Sharan took over the charge of DC (District Collector) in Kabirdham district in April 2018. Avneesh started a series of bike ambulances known as the Sangi Express (Friend Express) in the district, which have cut health expenditure by 90% and affected over 4,868 people in the district. These services also provide a livelihood to the local people as they employed villagers as bike riders. Because of being familiar with the geography of the district, these drivers knew the fastest and shortest route to reach a government health facility during an emergency. Now, a free-of-cost motorbike ambulance can be called by contacting an ASHA worker in the village. The ambulance reaches the beneficiary's home, so they don't have to pay for private vehicles.
When the country was fighting the first wave of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Bhilwara model was being praised everywhere. Rajasthan's Bhilwara was one of the first Covid-19 clusters to emerge in the country and was set up under complete lockdown by the state and district authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus. Where the lock-down in the country came into force from 25th March, the Bhilwara administration took these steps in March itself and the first name that comes in effectively executing the Bhilwara model is Tina Dabi, SDM of Bhilwara.
After DM Rajendra Bhatt's decision to impose a lockdown, Tina along with her team took the best steps to implement it. She made the citizens of the district aware of this pandemic and explained to them the need to remain indoors. Also, together with her team, she made complete arrangements to make available the necessary facilities in the entire district.
When UPSC topper Athar Amir Khan took charge as SDM of Badnore sub-division of Bhilwara district, he inquired about different issues in the socio-economically backward region. Athar also felt that the high prevalence of child marriage and lack of infrastructure in government schools required immediate intervention. Khan set up a special control room at the head office of the district administration to look into the cases of child marriage.
Today, when a school student in the Badnore area of Rajasthan's Bhilwara district does not attend school for several days, the Vigilance team in the village is informed. Teachers, and neighbors alert the district government officials if the parents are planning a child's wedding, and then these officers explain to the family and inform them about the legal action. Khan's massive campaign on awareness about child marriage has trained local Anganwadi workers, self-help groups, and village development committees. These employees now hold regular meetings in 20-gram panchayats and the benefits of both these initiatives of Athar have now reached 6,000 children.
Mir Mohammad Ali, a 2011 batch Kerala cadre IAS, worked in 2017 to make the Coonoor district of the state the first plastic-free district in the country in just 5 months. Apart from this, handloom bags were promoted by making plastic carry bags, which also benefited the weavers of the state. Mir was appointed Director of Kerala Suchitva Mission in 2019 where he supervises the Waste Management Schemes.
P Narhari, at the age of 42, has been honored with more than 40 awards for his work in making Indian infrastructure accessible for the disabled and working towards open defecation-free initiatives. During his 10 year tenure as District Collector in various districts of Madhya Pradesh, Narhari created a barrier-free environment that ensures that people with disabilities move about safely and freely.