Published On: Wed, Jul 8th, 2015

IAS topper customs official likely to be govt brand ambassador for disabled

New Delhi: Customs official Ira Singhal, who topped this year’s IAS examination, could be the brand ambassador for the programmes of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot today felicitating  IAS topper Customs Assistant Commissioner Ira Singhal in New Delhi.

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot today felicitating IAS topper Customs Assistant Commissioner Ira Singhal in New Delhi.

After felicitating the differently-abled IRS officer (Customs and Central Excise) here today, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said that Singhal could be the brand ambassador for the department for its schemes and programmes and her achievements shall inspire a whole generation of youth to come forward and achieve glorious heights.

Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment assured her that the problems pointed out by her which are being faced by persons with disabilities while appearing in competitive examinations shall be addressed, an official statement said.

The Secretary further said that the department will proactively ensure that seamless guidelines are available for such persons, it said.

Awanish K Awasthi, Joint Secretary to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities said that in consultation with UPSC, SSC, UGC and other educational bodies, the department will strive to ensure that the guidelines are such that they help and promote the cause of PwDs to achieve their inclusion, participation and empowerment.

Customs Assistant Commissioner Singhal became the first differently-abled woman to top the civil services examination in which the top four positions were bagged by women.

Suffering from Scoliosis, a spine-related disorder, 31-year-old Singhal clinched the top position in her sixth attempt.

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