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Ajit Kumar Yadav, A Blind IAS Officer, Inspiring Story for Youth

Ajit Kumar Yadav who recently received an appointment letter for the IAS says that due to his prolonged illness he lost his eyesight. But even losing eyesight was never a bigger challenge for him. Ajit secured 208 rank among the 791 successful candidates in the civil services examination but even after this, he was denied an IAS appointment due to his blindness. He was not dis-hearted due to this and filed a suit for his rights. He fought a three-year legal struggle to get his rightful place.

Due to acute diarrhea, Ajit lost his eyesight at the age of five. He completed his schooling from Springdale School in New Delhi. Ajit sharing his story says that in spite of being differently-abled his confidence was always high and he never got stuck when faced with any difficulty. He always stood first in class.

In the 1990’s Ajit had no access to computers and only a few of the technical aids were available to him. Although Braille books were available the topics in that book were very limited. As soon as he completed his Master’s in Political Science from Ramjas College, Delhi University, Ajit began teaching at a government school in Haryana. Then he cleared UGC NET-JRF and joined Shyamlal College of Delhi University as Assistant Professor.

He shares that in his interview for Assistant Professor, he was asked that how will he manage the students in a class. This question of management was answered by Ajit in the form of his work. His teaching style was so excellent that the student was willing to come on Sundays too, for extra lectures. Once in 2005, he heard the Prime Minister saying that the doors of IAS should be opened for visually impaired citizens. It was at that instance, that he realized what he wanted to do with his life.

In his Civil marathon, Ajit made very wise and creative use of various media and technology. He used to make his own notes in Braille. He also used to listen to recordings and even used to create his own recordings. He cleared the most desirous Civil service examination in the year 2008, thereafter he waited for a letter for introduction into the prestigious IAS. Besides that, he was offered a post in Indian Railway Personnel Service. He filed a case against this discrimination and fought bravely.

The Central Administrative Tribunal ruled in his favor in the year 2010. But even after the judgment in his favor, he was not offered an appointment letter for IAS. He didn’t get disappointed and kept on struggling for justice alongside having nine more candidates in a similar position. Lastly, after the initiative of National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (nerd) and also CPM leader Brinda Karat, the Prime Minister intervened in this matter and finally after which seven candidates out of the nine candidates received appointment letters.

Ajit did this IAS training from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. For Ajit joining IAS was never about money. His struggle has shown a different face of the bureaucratic system prevailing in the country. His only motive for joining this service was to serve people and society. This was an uphill journey of strong and brave IAS officer Ajit Kumar.

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  1. Bsredfy says:

    You are wonderful sir. You aim is high. Your struggle for ias is peak. Your fighting is very inspired. Sir . I am really saying that take my eyes and long live sir . My health good condition . My body parts are very very useful sir. I am always ready to donate my eyes . Kindly accept sir . Call me sir 9160609271 b.s.reddy . Sto. Darsi .ongole .so

  2. V. Udayasree says:

    Hellow sir your really great and brave. II Am a Visually challenged girl I got inspired by your guts to fight for our rightes. thanks a lot Sir. I would like to contact you Sir

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