GUWAHATI: India’s first visually impaired female IAS Officer, Pranjal Patil took charge as Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday.
She was welcomed by the office staff and district collector K Gopalakrishnan at his office in the state capital. According to sources, former district collector and social justice department secretary, Biju Prabhakar, also reached her office to congratulate her.
While taking charge she says, “Never be defeated and never give up, because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want.”
"I am feeling extremely glad and proud to take charge. Once I start working, I will have more idea about the subdivisions of the district and can have more plans for what to do for the subdivision," she said.
She further added that she expects support and co-operation from the people of Thiruvanthapuram and her staff, as she begins her work.
Patil lost her eyesight at a very tender age of six but her never give up attitude has made her crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2016 with a rank of 773, which she further raised to 124 in 2017 and qualified for the IAS.
Pranjal Patil, who hails from Ulhas Nagar in Maharastra, also served as Ernakulam Assistant Collector during her training period. She studied at the Kamala Mehta Dadar School for the blind in Mumbai in Marathi medium. She pursued her graduation in political science from St. Xavier's College, with support from Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged.
She completed her post-graduation from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
It may be mentioned that, she was earlier refused a job in the Indian Railway Accounts Service on the grounds that she was visually challenged.