Published On: Tue, Jul 7th, 2015

IAS topper customs official Ira Singhal felicitated

New Delhi: Ira Singhal, a physically challenged customs officer from Tamil Nadu, was felicitated here Monday by the government for her determination and zeal to get All-India first rank in civil services exam 2014.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh Monday felicitating Ira Singhal, topper of the Indian Civil Services Exam - 2014, in New Delhi.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh Monday felicitating Ira Singhal, topper of the Indian Civil Services Exam 2014, in New Delhi.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, who along with other officers of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions felicitated Ira on Monday, said he was highly impressed by the confidence and determination of the young physically challenged girl.

Expressing happiness, Singh said that Ira, the young lady who scored All-India first rank despite being differently abled.

“it is wrong to describe that she made it after overcoming the challenge because her mental faculties, IQ level and academic brilliance are higher than most of us and the skeletal difference in her physique is something which has nothing to do with her caliber or intellect. It is just like someone having six fingers instead of five fingers on a hand and still making it to the top or somebody having a short stature or a tall height and still making a mark,” he added.

Singh personally handed over certificates of merit to the 20 All-India toppers of civil services exam, 2014 including Ira.

Among others who received their merit certificates from the Minister were Nidhi Gupta, Vandana Rao, Charu Sree T, Lok Bandhu, Nitish.K, Arvind Singh, Nishant Jain, Abhijeet Kaplish, Ananya Das, Aditya Uppal and Aman Mittal.

30-year-old Ira, an Assistant Commissioner with Customs and Central Excise, passed civil services exam, 2010 for Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) was not enough as authorities citedher “inability to push, pull and lift.’ She was refused a posting because she suffers from scoliosis or curvature of the spine.

Ira’s success is a story of her acute struggle as she has never allowed her disability to stand in her path because she knew that this rule can not stop her from achieving what she has already achieved. She filed a case in Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and after 4 years of patience she won the case and finally got posting as IRS officer (Customs and Central Excise).

TST

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