The state of Kerala has been in the news for all the good reasons recently. First, the government’s social justice department announced its decision to sanction Rs 23.34 lakh towards the aviation training of 20-year-old Adam Harry, a transgender from Thrissur. Now it has welcomed an IAS officer with visual impairment to take up a powerful role.
On 14 October, 31-year-old Pranjal Patil, India’s first blind woman IAS officer, became the Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Pranjal Patil, India's first visually challenged woman IAS officer, takes charge as Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram. pic.twitter.com/BVspcRzkX2
— Vijay Lokapally (@vijaylokapally) October 15, 2019
According to The Hindu, she hails from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra and lost her eyesight at the age of 6. She secured a rank of 773 in her first Union Public Services Examination in 2016 and subsequently the 124th rank in her second attempt in 2017. Earlier, she was denied an appointment at Indian Railway Accounts Services due to her disability but the improved ranking earned her the job of Assistant Collector in Ernakulam.
— CH Kumar Reddy 🇮🇳 (@KumarReddyCH) October 15, 2019
Hindustan Times quoted her saying, “We should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want.”
Vision is more important than eyesight!
Pranjal Patil, Sub Collector, Thiruvananthapuram
is India's first visually impaired WOMAN #IAS officer. Where there is a will, there is a way, #Inspiration #success@narendramodi @PMOIndia @hvgoenka @hcmariwala @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/b0wp0gDD75
— Dr. Ajit Varwandkar (@Varwandkar) October 14, 2019
NDTV further quoted her saying, “I have just been transferred to Thiruvananthapuram. I will take time to understand the district, look into the various departments and then chalk out a plan of action.”
People congratulated her on her dedication and wished her good luck on the new role.
I'm sure that she'll emerge as a very sincere, result oriented and, most importantly, empathetic IAS officer.
Let people not give her any differential treatment except ensuring effective communication. @IASassociation@DCsofIndia @TheBureaucracy_#IAShttps://t.co/PAKNc4ln1y
— Sanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) October 15, 2019
— Desi Boss Lady (@DesiBossLady) October 15, 2019
#PranjalPatil you are unstoppable. Your spirit is unbeatable! Take the world by its tusk. Wish you a successful career!@ForbesWomen, @forbes_india
take note of this powerful woman!https://t.co/3SghnFrRdX
— 琳达·阿肖克 | *No DMs* 🇮🇳 (@thebluelimit) October 15, 2019
A journey that will inspire millions to aspire high in life & work towards achieving it without bothering the obstacles.
— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) October 15, 2019
https://t.co/4JRsyNDH6K Very proud of Pranjal, a fellow Xavierite. I remember being her writer for a few exams when she was in Senior College. An exceptionally bright student then, and I am sure she will be great in her position in TVM.
— Caron Natasha Tauro (@CaronTauro) October 15, 2019
Congratulations Ms.Patil, you are an inspiration to us all. We hope that your example motivates everyone to never give up on their dreams.