Odisha’s First Visually Impaired Women IAS Officer

Picture of Ms Tapaswini Das

Against all odds, a visually impaired student Ms Tapaswini Das has cleared the Odisha Civil Service Examination in 2018 conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC).

With her strong determination to achieve her goals, she secured 161st position in the exam in which 218 have qualified.

Ms Tapaswini who is a resident of Bhubaneshwar lost her vision due to alleged negligence of a Doctor during her eye surgery when she was a student of the second standard.

“When I was seven-year-old I started experiencing headaches and my eyesight started decreasing gradually. My family took me to the doctor who told us that I have lost vision in the left eye and partial vision in right. The operation was done for the right eye after which I lost full vision”.

Speaking on her inspirational achievement, Ms Tapaswini mentioned, “I don’t see this as a success, I see this as my victory. I consider this my first step in the path to success.”

Ms Sulochana Das, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Odisha also lauded Ms Tapaswini for her achievement and said that she would become the first visually challenged lady administrative service officer of the state.

–          (This story has not been edited by SAKSHAM and is published from a syndicated feed/NDTV- January 10 2020.)

Published by Saksham

Saksham Trust is a not - for - profit organisation, established in 2003. The sole aim of the trust is to empower persons belonging to this marginalised section of society through a variety of strategies. India has more than 14 million persons with blindness and low vision and above 70 million persons who cannot read normal print due to some sort of disability. A range of services needed to be provided to such persons for their social and economic mainstream into society. Saksham is guided by the Vision of a sensitised and motivated society that acknowledges the value of interdependence and appreciates the abilities of persons with blindness and multiple disabilities and willingly provides equal opportunities for all.

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