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Top 5 Odisha Government Officers Who Made Us Proud In 2017

25 December 2017

Sangita Agarwal

Bhubaneswar: India, being a vast country, has a specialised and complex bureaucracy but the changing times demand a more effective one. Many important government departments are still understaffed and some are staffed with persons who do not have the requisite skills to discharge their specialised jobs effectively. But some individuals make a substantial difference and work as a catalyst to alter things for the better when systems tend to slow down.

Here is the list of 5 such government officials in the Odisha bureaucracy who made us proud with their ‘out-of-the-way’ efforts to make a difference in the lives of many in 2017.

1.Dr Poma Tudu (Nuapada Collector)

On a Sunday of wintry December, the District Collector of Nuapada district, Dr Poma Tudu decided to scale the 4-km hostile stretch to meet the people of Samatapadar, a nondescript village on the hilly terrains and lend an ear to their woes.

This village is still to be bestowed with road connectivity, electricity, and different social welfare measures of the government. The villagers got pleasantly surprised with this ‘high profile’ guest amidst them who discussed various welfare schemes with them like the food security measures, education for children, vaccination programmes, etc.

Her dedication to serve the people was lauded by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted in his personal twitter handle citing the post by OMMCOM NEWS.


2: Dr Omkar Hota ( a doctor at Papulur Public Health Centre in Malkangiri)

Dr Omkar Hota, a doctor at Paplur Health Centre in Malkangiri hogged limelight when he carried a bleeding woman on a cot through the rough terrains for 8 kms of cut-off Malkangiri and treated her at the nearest health centre.

A MBBS from a private medical college in Bhubaneswar, he is in the process of becoming an icon for his profession. He has given his life for the service of the poor at this young age.

Living in a small room at the Paplur Health Centre, this young doctor is available for the patients round the clock.

“People step in at odd hours at night and I attend to each and every patient, be it of poisoning or delivery. I am doing the job of not only a doctor, but of pharmacist, of a clerk preparing monthly and weekly reports of malaria,TB, etc. I love my work and get an inner satisfaction by serving these tribals.”

He got felicitated by the CM for his commendable service to the mankind.


3: Vishal Dev (Sports Secretary) & Team

The 22nd Asian Athletics Championships held at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar scripted history when the State Government under the leadership of CM Naveen Patnaik turned this 90-day challenge into a spectacular show.

The hard work of several officials borne fruit as Odisha set benchmarks as the host of this gala event.

A team supervised by Sports Secretary Vishal Dev and Director Sports Vineel Krishna on the spot was directly monitored by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi & the Development Secretary R. Balakrishnan. The team also comprised of I & PR Secretary Surendra Kumar, Commissioner of Police Y.B Khurania and Director, TE & T Director Balwant Singh to name a few core members who silently worked round the clock to script success.

The multi-purpose Kalinga Stadium was being transformed into a world-class track and field facility, meeting all the standards set by International Association of Athletics Federations.

It hosted the World Hockey League final in December and is all set for the Hockey World Cup next year.


4: Jagmohan Meena (Malkangiri SP)

Jagmohan Meena, the SP of naxal infested Malkangiri district hogged limelight when he was seen teaching the students belonging to left wing extremist (LWE) dominated belts of the district in a special programme at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

This programme has its own strategic significance in tackling Maoism as it helps tribal students come to the main stream of the society, making them less vulnerable to the leftist propaganda.


5: Ashish Singh (Ganjam SP)

Though the daring cop of Ganjam came under the scanner of the opposition recently, after the arrests made in the Chhatrapur Councillor murder, but no one can deny his contribution in bringing down the crime graph of the district.

After taking charge of his office in March last year, Ashish Singh delved and focussed in his work without giving any chance to the criminals. His message to the crime world in Ganjam was loud and clear as the crime graph of Ganjam steeply dropped.

Several dreaded criminals were encountered and over a 1000 arrested in last one year.


Every bureaucrat in the system is doing their own bit contributing to the development of the State in their own unique way, though some have gone out of the way, thus, setting a trend for others.