There are many good IAS officers in India who are doing a good public service for the welfare of our society. In this article, We have added the profile of the top 10 Best IAS officers in India who made India proud with their outstanding work.
IAS Officers are considered as a powerful personality in our society and the role of an IAS officer is to manage various administrative matters of the government. The job of an IAS officer includes framing policies and advising the ministers on various issues, maintaining law and order, supervising the implementation of policies of State Government and Central Government. Apart from the expected duties, -These Top 10 IAS officers in India are one of them who has gone out of from their regular duties and done an extraordinary work for Society.
1. IAS Armstrong Pame – “Miracle Man” who built Manipur’s “People’s Road”
Armstrong Pame is an officer in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He belong to Zeme speaking group of Zeliangrong community from Manipur. Pame who hail from Tamenglong district of Manipur is India’s Most Eminent IAS Officer Award ’2015 awardee.
In 2012, after becoming the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Tousem, which lies in his home district, Tamenglong, Manipur, Armstrong was moved by the plight of his people who had to walk for hours, carrying sacks of rice, firewood etc. due to the lack of a non-motorable road. In July 2012, an outbreak of typhoid and malaria in the area saw hundreds of afflicted villages dying as they could not make it to the nearest hospital in town on time – very few who were carried on makeshift bamboo stretchers, on foot, survived. With the government refusing funds citing lack of resources, Armstrong decided to build a 100-km road on his own that would link Manipur with Nagaland and Assam.
Jeremiah then turned to Facebook to raise funds which led to help pouring in from across the world. The 100 km “People’s road” was successfully built, with the villages working as labourers, by early 2013, earning Armstrong Pame the sobriquet, “Miracle Man.”
2. IAS Ashok Khemka
A senior IAS officer of the 1991 batch, whistleblower Ashok Khemka has been transferred 45 times in the 23 years of his service! He is famous for cancelling an illegal, multi-million rupee land deal between Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and DLF during the Congress regime. When posted at the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) he exposed irregularities related to the sale of wheat seeds in the state.
3. IAS TN Chaturvedi
Triloki Nath Chaturvedi (18 January 1929 – 5 January 2020), was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and was the 14th Governor of Karnataka from 2002–2007.
After retirement from IAS Chaturvedi held the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 1984 to 1989. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. He became Governor of Karnataka on 21 August 2002.
Educated at Allahabad University where he finished with a M.A. L.LB degree, Chaturvedi joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1950, and was allotted the Rajasthan cadre. He had held several positions in the government, including union home secretary before he retired over two decades ago.
However, in the over three decades that he was in public life, Chaturvedi was best known for his stint as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the late 1980s. As CAG, he had prepared a report in 1989 that found irregularities in the purchase of howitzer guns by the then Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi. The report had specifically mentioned the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors, the supplier of the howitzers.
The report, which was leaked to the media before it was tabled in the Parliament, created a furore, with the Congress alleging foul play. The Bofors scandal eventually brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government.
4. IAS T. N. Seshan, Known for Electoral reform:
Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan (15 December 1932 – 10 November 2019) was an Indian civil servant who served with the Indian Administrative Service. After serving on various positions in Madras State (now Tamil Nadu) and in various ministries of the Central Government of India, he served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary of India in 1989. He was appointed the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India (1990–96) and became known for election reforms. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996.
Seshan played a key role in changing the way the poll body functioned, and was instrumental in implementing the model code of conduct to curb booth capturing and bogus voting which were considered normal before he took charge as the 10th Election Commissioner of India on 12 December, 1990.
The former civil servant remained at the top post till 11 December, 1996. During his six years in office, politics in India was undergoing a major change and coalition politics had just started to take shape. The tenure of Seshan was also interesting because it was during the early 1990s when caste and religion decided politics and elections. Before becoming the election commissioner, Seshan was the 18th cabinet secretary of India.
During his term, Seshan witnessed implementation of the Mandal Commission, giving reservation to other backward classes (OBCs) in government jobs, demolition of Babri Masjid and the entire Ram Janamabhoomi movement. These developments dominated politics and elections in India for nearly a decade.
5. IAS Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal is the first lady IAS to be appointed to the Chief Minister Office, which is indeed an inspiration to all. Smita Sabharwal strongly believes everyone should do something for society, especially today’s youngsters who should give civils a shot as they can do a lot through this service.
She is best known for her “Fund Your City” project during her tenure as Municipal Commissioner, Warangal where a large number of public utilities such as traffic junctions, foot-over bridges, bus stops, parks were created by the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
6. IAS Ritu Maheshwari
In Uttar Pradesh, although 99 percent of villages are electrified, only 60 percent of houses get electricity. the economy takes a huge hit because of the rate at which electricity is pilfered. Working at Kanpur Electricity Supply Company Ltd (KESCo), she is taking measures to reduce the company’s losses by digitising power to curtail electricity theft.
After taking charge as an official at KESCo in 2011, she installed new meters across one-third of the company’s customer base. These devices can digitally record the consumption of electricity and expose leaks in the distribution system in real-time.
7. IAS TV Anupama
TV Anupama is a young IAS officer currently working as the Food Safety Commissioner in Kerala. In her stint as the Food Safety Commissioner, she has conducted multiple raids across the state on the illegal trading of adulterated food items, and has also closed down multiple such trader networks
Following this, many more raids were carried out; they revealed that the pesticide content in some fruits and vegetables was about 300 percent more than the permissible limit. Over the course of her stint, she has seized and produced about 6,000 samples of adulterated food in front of the court. Around 750 cases have been filed in the court against traders.
8. IAS Vinod Rai
Vinod Rai is a 1972 Batch IAS officer from Kerala cadre, who started his career as the sub-collector of Thrissur District. He served the Thrissur District for 8 years and was given the nickname of second Sakthan Thampuran for his role in the development of the Thrissur City.
However, his most popular public service period was more recent, when he was appointed as 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India in 2008. In this role, Mr. Rai played a phenomenal role in exposing major corruption scandals and scams including the Coal-Gate Scam, 2G Spectrum Allocation Scam, Delhi Commonwealth Games scam, and Padmanabhaswamy Temple Audit.
9. IAS O P Choudhary
Choudhary, an IAS officer of the 2005 batch, is a resident of Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh. Choudhary hails from the backward Agharia community, which has a sizeable population in Raigarh district.
Choudhary came into the limelight when he established an education city for tribals in South Bastar when he was collector of Dantewada. He was later posted as commissioner of the municipal corporation of Raipur and later became director of public relations, a post that holds immense importance for the government and chief minister.
10. IAS S. R. Sankaran
Sankaran is known even today as ‘an ideal people’s IAS officer,’ because of his efforts to do away with bonded labor. He is also remembered for protecting the interests of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes, along with those of the poor in general. What made him more endearing to the masses was his humble lifestyle and down-to-earth qualities. He initiated several rural welfare programmes in India. His impeccable work as an IAS officer earned him as many foes as friends, and he was one of those officials who were held by miscreants of the People’s War Group in the East Godavari district.