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Civil Servants – the change makers

The civil servants are the architects of a nation. They are the actual makers of  law and policy. Civil servants through their relentless effort have brought numerous sustained and trasnformational changes in the society.

V.P MENON 

Vappala Pangunni Menon who was born in a small village of Panamanna in Ottapalam was to become the right hand man of Sardal Vallabhai Patel in years to come. Although it was Patel who created the initial framework to influence the Indian princes to accede, it was Menon who did the actual groundwork of persuading them. 

K.R. NARAYANAN

The journey of K.R Narayanan from a village in Kerala to Rashtrapati Bhavan is jaw-dropping. His story is about a civil servant who had risen to the highest constitutional position in the country.  He is the only Dalit and the only Malayali to have held the Presidency. Narayanan began his political career in India as a member of the Indian Foreign Service under the Nehru administration. He was referred by Nehru as “the best diplomat of the country”.

T.N SESHAN

A name synonymous with electoral reforms in India. He is credited with having helped clean up Indian elections. Seshan , the IAS topper of the 1955 batch was the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 1990 to 1996. Some of his biggest achievements include implementation of the election process and the Model Code of Conduct, introduction of voter ID cards, enforcing limits on poll expenses etc.

AJIT DOVAL

The current National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India started his police career in 1968 as an IPS Officer from the Kerala Cadre. Ajit Doval spent seven years undercover in Pakistan, was inside the Golden Temple before Operation Bluestar, single-handedly infiltrated the Mizo National Front and even pacified other anti-India outfits.  He’s known as an Indian James Bond.

T.V ANUPAMA

The young and fearless officer had topped the civil services examination in her very first attempt. As a Food Safety Commissioner of Kerala she carried out multiple raids on dealers and manufactures and exposed high levels of adulteration and rampant use of pesticides in foodstuffs. During the 2018 Kerala floods her role as the District collector of Thrissur in coordinating the rescue operations was praiseworthy.

PRASHANT NAIR 

An  IAS officer who is fondly called as “ Collector Bro” by the people of Kerala for his citizen friendly and participative approach in governance. The collector launched  “ compassionate Kozhikode” , an initiative to eradicate hunger in the District. He is considered as a pioneer in using social media for governance in India.

Written by

Swathikrishna
Mentor and Research wing, Lead IAS