BY SHANTAM SAHAI
Indian Administrative Service (IAS), as described by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is the steel frame upon which the bureaucracy rests. No matter how many times the government changes, if we have good IAS officers, they would ensure good governance. Since the decades that have passed after Independence, doubts over the competence of the Indian Administrative Service have been raised. People wished to know if the steel frame is still strong, or has it became rusty and weak?
The answer lies in these dynamic and dedicated IAS officers who are doing wonders in their districts through fresh ideas. They are actually changing the country for the better!
She has recently been appointed the collector of Salem district.
Salem District Collectorate. Wikimedia Commons
A 2006 batch IAS officer of the Telangana cadre, Ronald had single-handedly ensured the effective implementation of government initiatives in the district and taken it to the forefront of the rural development in the state. He is a man who is driving an amazing transformation of Mahbubnagar district of Telangana.
Ronald Rose is also the brain behind Divyang Solar Society.
A 2009-batch IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, Saurabh Kumar converted a Naxal-hit Palnar village to a cashless village post demonetisation, despite the village had no cellular connectivity.
Kumar understands how lack of education and unemployment could lead the youth towards violence and extremism. Hence, he introduced counselling sessions to help students make the right career choice. These sessions involve Saurabh and other senior officials directly interacting with the students.
Through this thoughtful initiative, he has earned the respect of the locals of Dantewada.
A 2007 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Prasanth Nair is affectionately called 'Collector Bro'. He is popular for the initiatives he kickstarted as the collector of Kozhikode.
Nair also once offered a free plate of Malabar biryani to each individual who volunteers to clean a 14-acre pond. The idea, unsurprisingly, worked.
PS Pradyumna is a man on a mission. His well-planned and inclusive initiatives have breathed new life into the development of the Andhra Pradesh district.
He has also established affordable selling centres for providing the agriculture equipment to farmers.