Maniram Sharma, The Deaf Candidate Get Into IAS After 15 Years Old Battle For
Sharma has won a 15-year-old battle for justice. On Thursday, this deaf IAS
candidate learnt he has made it to the service.
With this, Maniram has not just won a personal battle but a
milestone victory for disabled persons like him who have been kept away from the
premier government service.
Maniram's case has been highlighted by TOI over the past
couple of years — how his efforts were thwarted on one ground or the other, till
he finally went through surgery to make his aided hearing so good that he gave
his IAS interview this time by the oral question-and-answer method. Despite
this, his induction into the service was just not happening.
While other successful candidates got their call on August
17, he didn't. Finally, on September 3 he was informed that he had cleared the
exam on all counts but still had to wait for another month to get his
appointment. ``I still can't believe it has happened. It has not sunk in. After
suffering so many disappointments, it's difficult to imagine it has actually
come true,'' Maniram told TOI.
Maniram's IAS saga began in 1995 when he failed in his first
attempt to clear the preliminary examination. He was then 100% deaf. Since then
he has cleared the exam three times — 2005, 2006 and 2009. In 2006, he was told
he could not be allotted the IAS as only the partially deaf were eligible, not
fully deaf persons like him. So, he was allotted the Post and Telegraph Accounts
and Finance Service.
Courtesy:- Times of India