Speaking of inclusivity Jharkhand has done a commendable deed and added yet another feather to its cap by promoting Mr Rajesh Kumar , an IAS officer as a deputy commissioner (DC) in Bokaro .
He is the first in the state and second visually impaired officer ever in India to occupy the position of a deputy commissioner. The first such appointment was made in Madhya Pradesh in 2014.
Rajesh in an effort to use word play in Hindi to put his point across. He says – “The drishtikon (vision) is more important that drishti (eyesight)” he emphasised. “Everyone has eyesight but very few know how to use it. Vision comes from experience, your inner being and the way you perceive things.
Therefore, what you hear is more important rather than merely looking at things without understanding them,” said the 2007 batch officer. Vision is a wider term that is more relevant for nation building, he added. Even to get his first posting, Rajesh had to fight a long legal battle against the Centre, which went right up to the Supreme Court. The first posting came in 2011 after the SC ruled in his favour.
Before his Bokaro assignment, Rajesh was posted as Special Secretary in the School Education and Literacy Department. He was grateful to Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Chief Secretary Jharkhand for taking such a bold decision amid the corona virus pandemic. Bokaro is also due to face a by-election soon, he added.
“In the first case there was a sense of success while in the second case there is opportunity. Both are important for me,” he said.
He lost eyesight while playing cricket at very early age, but never lost hope. He studied at the JNU before making it to the civil services.
Team ITVI salutes the spirit of Mr Rajesh Kumar . We would like to congratulate him and thank him for the inspiration that he is , for the mass. He is one of the testimonies that stands out repeatedly telling us , disability is not an obstacle in the path of achieving dreams .
By- Fiona Catherine Jerry