Good News! Pranjal Patil, India’s 1st Blind Woman IAS Officer Just Took Office In Trivandrum

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Congratulations Ms.Patil, you are an inspiration to us all. We hope that your example motivates everyone to never give up on their dreams.

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