INDIA'S 1ST VISUALLY IMPAIRED IAS OFFICER "DON'T GIVE UP. KEEP TRYING. YOU WILL GET THAT ONE BREAK THAT YOU REQUIRE" - PRANJAL PATIL

INDIA'S 1ST VISUALLY IMPAIRED IAS OFFICER

PranjalPatil, who comes from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, had lost her sight when she was only six years old.

Thiruvananthapuram: On October 14, 2019, India’s first visually impaired woman IAS officer, PranjalPatil, took charge as Sub-Collector of Kerala’s capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.

While taking charge, Pranjal said, “We should never be defeated and we should never give up. With our efforts, all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want.”She added that she was expecting support and co-operation from people of Thiruvananthapuram and her staff.

Pranjal completed graduated in political Science from St. Xavier’s college and has a Master’s in International relations from JNU. She secured 733rd rank in her first civil service attempt in 2016, but was refused a job in the Indian Railway Accounts Service on the grounds that she was visuallyimpaired. The very next year, in her second attempt, she improved her ranking to 124th rank and grabbed headlines when she was appointed as Assistant Collector in Ernakulam.

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