Top Ten IAS Officers in India/Top IAS officer in India/Top 10 IAS officers
Every year about 180 IAS officers are recruited into the civil service by the Government. Almost every aspirant professes a dream to serve the country and her people through the office of the Indian Administrative Service if selected. But only a few among the scores of officers are able to produce a massive impact on the lives of people. These dedicated officers go the extra mile and go beyond the call of duty to help people and bring about a lasting impact on the nation’s psyche. This article presents the stories of the top ten IAS officers in India.
Top 10 IAS Officers In India
Santha Sheela Nair
An IAS officer of the 1973 batch, Nair is known as an administrator par excellence. She was recently appointed (post-retirement) the Officer on Special Duty at the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s office before she quit. She had retired in July 2010. Various positions she has held include Vice-Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission (2011 – 16), Secretary (Steel and Drinking Water Supply, centre), Secretary in the Tamil Nadu government (Rural Development, Municipal Administration and Water Supply). Nair is credited with saving Chennai city from a water crisis in the early 2000s when she made rainwater harvesting compulsory with special tanks and pipes for the same in each household. It is said that people in villages where she worked named their daughters Santha in her honour.
Durga Shakti Nagpal
This lady officer had secured an impressive rank of 20 in the 2009 UPSC civil services exam. Having started her career in the Punjab cadre, even as a trainee IAS officer, she exposed a land scam in Mohali. She moved to the UP cadre in 2011 as the SDM of Sadar, Noida. Here, she took on the sand mafia involved in the illegal sand mining of the Yamuna and Hindon river banks. She was suspended by the state government on flimsy grounds because of her brave fight against the sand mafia. There was a lot of public backlash against the government who revoked the suspension later. Nagpal is currently the Joint Magistrate of Kanpur (Rural).
A Kerala cadre officer from the 1972 batch, Rai shot to limelight in his role as the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) from 2008 to 2013. As the CAG, he exposed many scams like the 2G spectrum scam, the coal mining scam (CoalGate) and the Commonwealth Games financial irregularities. He started his career as the sub-collector of Thrissur district in Kerala. He worked in Thrissur for 8 years where he became the Collector. For his role in the city’s development, he was called the ‘Second Sakthan Thampuran’ (Sakthan Thampuran was the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin who had his palace at Thrissur, and was responsible for the city’s development). At present, Rai is the chairman, UN Panel of External Auditors and also serves as Honorary Advisor to the Railways.
Raju Narayana Swamy
Swamy secured the first rank in the 1991 UPSC civil services exam. An IIT graduate, he is the first civil servant in India to complete all the ten courses of the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi. Swamy is known for his tough stance against corruption. Naturally, he made many enemies in political circles. As a result, he has been transferred 20 times in about 22 years. During his stint as the collector of Idukki district in Kerala, his inquiry into an illegal land deal led to the resignation of the then Public Works Minister of Kerala whose children were involved in the deal. He has served as the Principal Secretary to the Kerala government. Currently, Swamy is the Principal Secretary of Official Language Department of the state government. A bold fighter against corruption, he says, “In my service life I have always fought corruption. We could be sidelined but officers should not get demoralized. The public applause we get for taking strong stand on issues is what keeps us going.”
Rajni Sekhri Sibal
This Haryana cadre 1986 batch officer is currently the Additional Chief Secretary-cum-State Level Nodal Officer for compensation, UP government and also the Additional Chief Secretary (Cooperation). As Director, Primary Education in the state, Sibal withstood pressure from the government and exposed the JBT recruitment scam. In this scam, the teachers’ selection lists were changed to give jobs to those candidates who had paid bribes. When asked to be a party to this fraud, Sibal locked and sealed the almirah containing the original list with thick cotton bandages in the presence of her junior officers. She also asked them to sign the bandages in different places and take photographs for proof. She was transferred but in the CBI investigation later on, the Chief Minister of Haryana was also found guilty.
Khare was responsible for bringing to light the Fodder Scam in Bihar as a result of which even powerful chief ministers from the state have been imprisoned. He is a 1985 batch officer of the Bihar cadre. At present, he serves as the Principal Secretary (Finance) in the Jharkhand Government.
Khemka is known for his role in exposing the land scam involving a relative of one of India’s powerful politicians. He always stood against corruption and exposed wrong-doings in the departments he has worked. He has therefore been transferred 45 times in 23 years. An IIT graduate, Khemka is a 1991 batch IAS officer. He has received death threats and also faced chargesheets against him for his unwavering stand against corruption in high places.
A 1972 IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Subbarao was the 22nd Governor of the RBI. As RBI Governor, he brought about reforms for financial inclusion, financial literacy and organised village outreach programmes. He even expounded a theory on the New Trilemma of Central Bankers, called the ‘Holy Trinity’ as against the ‘Impossible Trinity’ of Robert Mundell and Marcus Fleming. Not only is Subbarao an accomplished economist, he is also a Physics post-graduate which he had obtained at IIT Kanpur prior to his successful attempt at the civil services exam. He was the first person to review Stephen Hawking’s celebrated book, ‘A Brief History of Time’. Dr Subbarao received a Ph.D. in economics from the Andhra University in 1998 for his thesis, ‘Fiscal Reforms at the Sub-national Level’.
A Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, Sinha is the first woman collector of Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan. This 1999 batch officer is an alumnus of Delhi’s JNU. She was transferred from Jhunjhunu for taking on the local mafia. She enjoyed local support and her transfer was objected by farmers, traders and students. She had stated earlier that she does her job to serve the masses and not a select few. She is currently the MD of Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO).
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