IAS officers who went above-and-beyond during natural calamities


10 Aug 2019

'Hero' IAS officers who went beyond duty during natural calamities

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most sought-after Civil Service of the country but being an IAS officer is tough and needs great commitment.

Over the past few years, India witnessed various natural calamities. There are many IAS officers who went above and beyond their call of duty to save lives during these calamities.

Here are some "hero" IAS officers to know about.


IAS officer Krishna Teja saved 2.5 lakh people in Kerala

IAS officer Krishna Teja saved 2.5 lakh people in Kerala

Last year, when catastrophic floods wreaked havoc in Kerala, IAS officer Krishna Teja Mylavarapu organized a large-scale rescue mission, Operation Kuttanad, to save lakhs of lives.

Krishna Teja, who is the Sub-Collector of Kuttanad in Kerala's Alappuzha, evacuated over 2.5 lakh people in the region to relief-camps within just three days with the support of Kerala's Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Isaac and rescue teams.

#2: Many IAS officers tirelessly led relief efforts in Kerala

Apart from Krishna Teja, many other IAS officers, including Kannan Gopinathan, Prasanth Nair, G Rajamanikyam, NSK Umesh, TV Anupama, and K Vasuki among others, led various relief and rehabilitation efforts in Kerala after the state witnessed the worst flood in a century in August 2018.

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Ram Singh IAS, the Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills

In July 2019, incessant rains led to floods in several parts of Meghalaya.

To ensure the safety of nearly 1 lakh citizens in flood-hit villages, IAS officer Ram Singh, Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, not only organized relief-camps but visited every village personally to look after the well-being of those affected.

He also monitored the situation and ensured safe shelter options for people.


This IAS-officer led rescue-operations to inaccessible hamlets after Cyclone Gaja

This IAS-officer led rescue-operations to inaccessible hamlets after Cyclone Gaja

In November 2018, severe cyclonic storm "Gaja" battered the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, especially Nagapattinam, uprooting trees, snapping power lines, and leaving a trail of destruction.

At the time, IAS officer Johny Tom Varghese, Additional Director of Fisheries who was appointed the nodal officer for Nagapattinam, personally led rescue and relief operations in fishermen hamlets left inaccessible by the wrath of Cyclone Gaja.


ACS Praveen Pardeshi led Maharashtra's relief-efforts to Kerala last year

Last year, IAS officer Praveen Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary in the Maharashtra Government, played an important role in the coordinating relief and rehabilitation efforts to Kerala after the devastating floods in August.

Notably, Pardeshi also assisted in the rehabilitation of victims in the devastating 1993 earthquake in Maharashtra's Latur that claimed 30,000 lives and destroyed 52 villages. He was a Collector at the time.

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Cyclone Gaja

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Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Johny Tom Varghese

K Vasuki

Kannan Gopinathan


Kerala Floods

Krishna Teja Mylavarapu



Prasanth Nair

Praveen Pardeshi

Ram Singh

Tamil Nadu

TV Anupama

West Garo Hills

ACS Praveen Pardeshi

Additional Chief Secretary

Additional Director

Civil Service

Deputy Commissioner

Finance Minister Dr

G Rajamanikyam


Indian Administrative Service

Krishna Teja

Maharashtra Government

Many IAS

NSK Umesh

Operation Kuttanad

Ram Singh IAS

Sub-Collector Kuttanad

Thomas Isaac

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