Five honest, dedicated IAS officers we should be proud of
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most prestigious and sought-after Civil Service of the country. Joining IAS is a dream for many but being an IAS officer is tough and needs great commitment. There are many honest and dedicated IAS officers who overcame difficulties and stood by their commitment to the nation. Here are five honest, dedicated IAS officers to be proud of.
Ashok Khemka, one of the most honest IAS officers
Ashok Khemka, a 1991-batch IAS officer, is one of the most senior and honest civil servants. The dedicated officer is known and respected for his fight against corruption and has been transferred 52 times in his 27-year service. He was awarded the SR Jindal Prize for his "crusade against corruption" in 2011. He is currently the Principal Secretary of Haryana's Science and Technology Department.
Raju Narayana Swamy IAS, known for stance against corruption
Raju Narayana Swamy is a 1991-batch IAS officer of the Kerala-cadre. He is known for exposing corruption, even in the government, and has been transferred 20 times. He is known as "Ashok Khemka of Kerala". However, Swamy has reportedly been without a post since March when he was suspended as the Chairman of Coconut Development Board where he allegedly detected multiple cases of corruption.
IAS officer U Sagayam is known for anti-corruption activities
Ubagarampillai Sagayam, a 1991-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, is another honest civil servant noted for his fight against corruption. He is known for sealing Pepsi's bottling plant near Chennai over hygiene issues, confiscating 5,000 gas cylinders being used illegally by restaurants, and fighting against vote-buying and illegal quarrying in Madurai among other things. He's been transferred for over 25 times so far.
Durga Shakti Nagpal, brave and dedicated woman IAS officer
Durga Shakti Nagpal is a 2010-batch IAS officer known for her anti-corruption fight. In 2011, the brave officer exposed a land scam in Mohali. In 2012, after moving to Uttar Pradesh, as the Noida Sub-Divisional Magistrate, she cracked down on the illegal sand mining in the Yamuna and Hindon river banks. She's currently Officer on Special Duty to Union Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Ministry.
Poonam Malakondaiah, one of the senior and honest IAS officers
Poonam Malakondaiah is a senior woman IAS officer of the 1988-batch from Andhra Pradesh. The IAS officer, known to be dedicated and honest, has been transferred multiple times due to her resistance to corruption. Despite being transferred numerous times, the woman officer continues to fight against corrupt politicians and businessmen. She's currently Special Chief Secretary (Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, and Fisheries Department), Andhra Pradesh.