Top 10 IAS Officers in India
1. IAS-Armstrong Pame
The IAS officer from the 2010 batch is popularly known as the “Miracle Man.” Mr. Pame is the Naga People’s first IAS officer from the Zeme Tribe. Armstrong Pame, a native of Manipur’s Tamenglong district, is known as the “Miracle Man” for constructing a 100-kilometer-long road known as the “Peoples’ Road” that connects Manipur to Nagaland and Assam. The most challenging aspect of his accomplishment is that he built the “Peoples’ Road” without any financial assistance from the government. The road was created with the help of public funds and money raised through social media. He also contributed his salary to this cause. He received India’s Most Eminent IAS Officer Award in 2015.
2. IAS Aruna Sundararajan
Aruna Sundararajan is a Kerala cadre IAS officer who has been instrumental in the development of e-governance in the state. Forbes magazine described her as “an IAS officer who thinks like a businesswoman.”
She is best known for her work as Kerala’s Information Technology Secretary. She also led the Kudumbashree Project, a female-oriented, community-based poverty reduction project run by the Kerala government that is now a shining example of women’s empowerment for working-class women.
3. IAS Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal is the first lady IAS to be appointed to the position of Chief Minister, which is an inspiration to all. She is known as the “People’s Officer” and is best known for her “Fund Your City” project while serving as Municipal Commissioner in Warangal, where the Public-Private Partnership created a large number of public utilities such as traffic junctions, foot-over bridges, bus stops, and parks (PPP).
4. Ashok Khemka
Ashok Khemka is another IAS officer well known for his anti-corruption stance. Mr. Khemka, originally from Kolkata, is an IITian who joined the Haryana cadre as an IAS officer in 1991. He is best known for exposing irregularities in a land deal worth Rs 57 crore between the real estate conglomerate DLF Group Before this, he discovered a scam in Haryana Seed Development Corporation, where seeds were being sold at exorbitant prices. Mr. Khemka has been transferred 45 times in his 23 years of service as a result of his excellent performance.
5. IAS Hari Chandana Dasari
Hari Chandana is a Telangana cadre IAS officer from the 2010 batch. Hari Chandana Dasari is well-known in Hyderabad for initiating several plastic recycling initiatives and welfare programs as part of her “green revolution.” She is currently the Collector and District Manager of Telangana’s Narayanpet District. During her various stints, Dasari has implemented numerous schemes such as Pet Parks, She Toilets, She Marts, Feed The Need (where refrigerators are installed throughout the city so that donors can place food inside from which the needy can pick it up), Give and Share, and so on. She has also been nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation (2020).
6. IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal
Durga Shakti Nagpal is well-known for her quick decisions and honesty. Even as a trainee IAS officer, she exposed a land scam in Mohali as a 2010 batch IAS officer. In 2011, she joined the UP cadre as the SDM of Sadar, Noida. She also took on the sand mafia, which was involved in illegal sand mining on the banks of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers.
7. IAS Vinod Rai
IAS officer who has made it to the front pages of newspapers for exposing corruption and exposing irregularities in government functioning. Vinod Rai was a 1972 batch IAS officer from the Kerala cadre who began his career as the sub-collector of the Thrissur District. He served the Thrissur District for 8 years and was given the nickname “Second Sakthan Thampuran” for his contributions to the development of Thrissur City. Mr. Rai was instrumental in exposing major corruption scandals and scams such as the Coal-Gate Scam, 2G Spectrum Allocation Scam, Delhi Commonwealth Games Scam, and Padmanabhaswamy Temple Audit. He currently serves as the Chairman of the UN Panel of External Auditors.
8. IAS B. Chandrakala
Ms. Chandrakala, an Andhra Pradesh native, joined the IAS in 2008 under the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. She is well-known among the people as the feisty District Magistrate of Bulandhshahar for taking a tough stance against corruption and irregularities in government functioning.
She is well-known for publicly exposing other government officers and politicians who abuse their authority for personal gain while failing to perform their job duties. Her Facebook video of taking on a civic contractor for using poor quality materials and pitiful road construction quality in Bulandhshahar went viral, catapulting her into the spotlight. Even today, she is still doing good for people.
9. IAS Krishna Gopal Tiwari
Krishna Gopal Tiwari is India’s first visually challenged collector and the District Collector of Umaria in Madhya Pradesh. This IAS officer serves as a role model and source of inspiration for thousands of the country’s differently-abled citizens.
10. IAS, O. P. Choudhary
Choudhary is a 2005-batch IAS officer from the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh. Choudhary is a member of the backward Agharia community, which has a sizable population in Raigarh. Choudhary rose to prominence as a collector of Dantewada when he established an educational city for tribals in South Bastar. He was later appointed as commissioner of the Raipur Municipal Corporation and later as director of public relations, a position of great importance to the government and chief minister.