Friday, June 14, 2013

IAS officers Dharma Rao, Harbaksh Singh die in separate accidents: A tribute

Highest Motor Road (File photo)
T Dharma Rao, a 1989 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS is no more. Rao, who was the MD of Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation, died when his Innova car fell into a 300-metre deep gorge at Khardungla of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir. His wife Vidya Rao…
and two others including the driver of the car Karma Dorji died on the spot in the accident that occurred on Thursday morning. Ashok Awasthi, Inspector General of Police (Vigilance), Bhopal, his wife Manjuri Awasthi and another young IAS officer were injured in the same mishap, according to reports. The injured were immediately brought to Leh hospital for treatment, police said.
Rao, 55, was part of a group of officers from Madhya Pradesh who were holidaying in Ladakh. The area where the accident took place is about 18,000 feet above the sea level, and is in fact, the highest motorable road in the world.
Beginning his administrative career as an assistant collector at Bastar in 1990, Rao later served as collector of Satna and Gwalior districts. An electronics engineer before joining as an IAS, Rao did his post-graduation in systems analysis and MBA with a specialization of production management.
Meanwhile, another IAS officer of Haryana cadre --- Harbaksh Singh of 1981 batch, died on early Wednesday morning when he fell from stairs in his Gurgaon flat. Singh, 56, who is an additional chief secretary of the state’s renewable energy department, died of excessive bleeding as he remained unattended for quite some time, doctors said. An MBBS-turned IAS, Singh served as a deputy commissioner in Gurgaon in late 1980s when India’s millennium city was still a village.


  1. My deepest condolences to both those officers. Wishing speedy recovery of those injured.

  2. Pankaj KayathwalJune 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    This is very tragic and sad. Had met Mr.Dharma Rao just twice for some official purpose; an excellent, soft-spoken, very humble and gentle individual, with a very high regard for the system. His sudden departure from our world is a great loss for all of us. I pray to God to allow his soul, along with his loving wife's, and other unfortunate members involved in the accident, to rest in eternal peace.
    May God grant enough courage and strength to all bereaved family members to face these moments of anguish, pain and sorrow.
    I also pray to God for the earliest recuperation of the injured and that they too may overcome this horrific phase in their life and give them enough strength and courage to erase the sad memoirs of this unfateful journey.

  3. Deep condolences to the deceased officers and wishing early recovery to the injured. May God give strength to the family members of this unfortunate demise.

  4. This news of most unfateful accident has come as immense shock, anguish and pain to self,my wife Manjusha and my other family members & friends. We have known him and his family very closely and he was our very close personal friends more than family members, Mrs Vidya Rao was closest friend of my wife. He talked to me before leaving for this trip to Leh. We could never imagine, this would be their last and final jourmey of life. In fact he had planned to visit Leh in 2010 when I was posted as Adm Comdt in Leh sector, but same was posponed due to exigencies and there after repeated plans could not materialise and finally there was something else was stored in their fate to make it their last journey never to return.
    Its a personal loss to me and my family and a void in life never to be filled. May GOD bless the departed soul and rest them in peace and give enough courage to his bereaved sons Prateek & Tanmay and his brother Mr Raja Rao and all family members to face and overcome this moments of shock, anguish and pain.
    Colonel Rajeev Ranjan (08860104232)

  5. Heart touching article about T Dharma Rao of his sudden demise in accident. He was an outstanding officer and he was Managing Director of MP Laghu Udyog Nigam and Director Industries. Another officer who has seriously injured and now out of danger and recouping well in Max Hospital is Shivendra Singh he is not a IAS officer he was a CMO and promoted as Chief Executive officer Ujjain Development Authority. He is a close family friend of late Dharma Rao family. Rao couple’s death has shocked everyone and gives the message that life is important and always goodness be remembered. Many journalists have written many articles about his qualities and his poor family background. May be he was belong to a poor family background but he has inherited good amount of property that he has mentioned in his official documents. But he was a wonderful officer and I have remembered one incidents when he was Collector Satna he has confronted with Satna SP but he refuted SP's argument and he done the work as par law and situation, although he knows that SP is the son of the serving state Chief Secretary. With my heavy heart I pray the god to give courage and strength to his sons to bear unrepairable lose of his parents. My condolence to departed soul of Mr & Mrs. Dharma Rao, Mrs Singh wife of Shivendra Singh and the Driver.