Civil Services day, 21st April: Highlighting the incredible Achievements of Women Officers

The month of April with a date dedicated to civil services compels people to think about the contribution the civil servants make to the society. And, when talking about those atrocious women who dare to fight against the gigantic perennial gender inequality, we cannot forget to mention some names. It is an accepted notion that the bureaucratic system is not a woman’s cup of tea and only the male have the intelligence enough to set them up into the arena. But, the unfathomable courage to fight against whatever is not justifiable has proved that her excellence is incomparable.

There have been some exemplary women out there who have fought gender inequality with a dream to conquer their dream.

In various cases you may have felt being trapped into the ill practices of some corrupt civil servants. These officers work passively and become a part of the corrupt system which they are supposed to fight but the fact that none of them are women makes us to celebrate womanhood. Moreover, there are many of the women officers who have broken this trap of being trapped into the trap of corrupt politicians. The tribulation of women officers trying to work honestly doing justice to her job in the patriarchal kind of the bureaucratic set up, has been unbearably frustrating. But, she has been able to do justice to the justice she was fighting for.

Here we have compiled a list of women officers in the bureaucratic set up to throw light on their courage to take up the task:

1. Rajni Shekri Sibal:-

This courageous IAS officer of the Haryana cadre has played a key role in exposing those involved in the JBT scam which was related to junior basic training for teachers.  This exposure had resulted in convicting 55 persons, which included some high profile people including the CM of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala and also his son Ajay Chautala. She did not come under the political pressure to change the result of her investigation which led to her transfer. In order that, the results did not get tempered by some unwanted elements, she wrapped the almirah containing the results, with bandages and a 4 metre long cloth. And the keys of the almirah were sealed in an envelope. Her courageous approach busted the group behind the scam.

2. Sanjukta Parshar:-

She was an outspoken and blunt police officer who was a fear for all the Bodo militants. While she was serving her tenure in North East India in the Sonitpur district as the Superintendent of Police, she arrested around 64 militant, took down 16 and also seized a large amount of arms and ammunitions. She chose the police force, even thought she has got 85th rank in All India ranking in UPSC.

3. Durga Shakti Nagpal:-

She was selected from the civil services exam after securing 20th rank in the Punjab cadre. In her very first project while she was working as a trainee IAS officer, she fought with the land scam of Mohali.  Consequently, she gained national attention for exposing the sand mafia. Besides that, she formed an investigation team in order to go to the roots of illegal sand mining on the Hindon and Yamuna river banks.

4. Mugdha Sinha:-

She was the IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, 1999 batch. Under her tenure she launched a crackdown in Ajmer district related to the illegal mining. It led to her transfer within four months of her being inducted into the team. But her determination to work for the good of the common man did not end there. Many, student, farmers and traders came out in her support. Currently, she is serving as the collector of Jhunjhunu distrt.

5. Ira Singhal:-

Not only, being a woman, is a point to celebrate in case of Ira Singhal. There are other reasons too! She is one of a differently abled woman who in 2014 topped the Civil Services Exams and she fought a long battle to get to the place where she is today. She is suffering from a medical condition called Scoliosis in which there is a deviation in the spine. She was rejected initially for her physical condition and could only get what she deserves after she won the case; she had filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). But that took 4 long years.

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