|Durga Shakti Nagpal (left) along with some of her batch-mates|
After the story of this brave civil servant got prominently displayed in page 1 of India's largest circulated English newspaper, The Times of India, we tweeted it. A reader responded immediately by saying: “The senior IAS have no guts... wish everyone was like Durga IAS.” Another reader wanted to know whether she is active on Twitter or not. In fact, the aggressive posture by the Durga IAS, who has already involved officials of the revenue, police and transport departments in her fight against sand mafia, has resulted into the arrest of 15 alleged offenders. In the last three months, fine to the tune of about Rs 82 lakh were also collected.
Belonging to 2010 batch, Ms Nagpal was ranked 20th in the civil services exam in 2009. She did her engineering in computer before joining the IAS. Nagpal hails from Delhi, and was first posted in Punjab. Only in August last year, the government transferred her from Punjab cadre to Uttar Pradesh cadre on the ground of marriage to 2011 batch IAS, Abhishek Singh. Singh, 30, was specialized in management accountancy before joining the IAS. He belongs to the state of Chhattisgarh.