The post of an IAS Officer is highly-coveted and becoming an IAS officer is a dream for many.
However, there are some IAS officers who have quit the service to do something different and become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.
Here are 5 IAS officers turned entrepreneurs.
Pravesh Sharma, the IAS officer who turned 'Sabziwala'
Pravesh Sharma, a 1982-batch IAS officer, resigned from the service to set up a start-up named Sabziwala.
He quit the IAS after working as the Managing Director of the Small Farmers' Agri-business Consortium (SFAC) for five years.
Sabziwala is a retail fruits and vegetables (F&V) chain that sources and delivers quality fresh produce directly from farmers to consumers, ensuring everyone gets a fair price.
#2: Sabahat Azim launched affordable healthcare chain, Glocal Healthcare Systems
Syed Sabahat Azim, a doctor and a 2000-batch IAS officer, left the bureaucracy to establish Glocal Healthcare Systems in 2010. It is a start-up that aims to make quality healthcare services accessible to the rural population by setting up low-cost yet efficient hospitals across villages.
1979-batch IAS officer Vivek Kulkarni founded Brickwork India in 2005
Next on the list is Vivek Kulkarni, a 1979-batch IAS officer who quit the service in 2004 to kickstart his entrepreneurial journey after working in the government for 25 years.
#4: Sanjay Gupta quit IAS after 17 years of service
Sanjay Gupta, a 1985-batch IAS officer, left the service to start Neesa Group in 2002. He is also a civil engineer from IIT Roorkee. Today, Neesa Group is a multi-crore business conglomerate that engages in hospitality, education, agritech, information technology, infrastructure, and food processing.
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