UPSC TOPPER 2015 Hrudaya Kumar Das (AIR-1079), Son of a BPL
farmer in Odisha
did not deter Hrudaya Kumar Das from achieving his hallowed goal. Das was not
backed up by Convent and English Medium school education. However, perseverance
and hard work paid dividends with Das tasting success in his third attempt in
civil services examination.
“I feel proud being son of a hardworking farmer. We own 1.5 acre of irrigated
farmland. My father still toils in crop fields to support the family. He had to
dispose patch of land to meet with study expenses. My younger brother Rashmi
Ranjan is studying MBA”, Hrudaya said with tinge of emotion.
"In primary and high school level, I excelled in studies. However, in plus
two science, I passed out second class. That was a setback which I could hardly
digest. I was good in cricket. I had represented Kendrapara district team in
Kalahandi cup inter-district cricket tournament. I was caught in dilemma whether
to concentrate on Cricket or studies. But my father advised me for higher
studies. Later I studied 5-year integrated MCA in Utkal University. Since then I
never looked back," he said.
Hrudaya said much before civil service success, he was posted in Jajpur
district as Prime Minster Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF). His job was to
interact with tribals in Naxlite-infested areas and oversee implementation of
poverty alleviation and welfare programmes in backward areas. The union rural
development ministry was paying hefty salary for the job assigned to him, said
Courtesy: Deccan Herald