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This is how a disabled bangle seller Ramu became IAS Ramesh

Hard work and determination can never let you down. Once you have the zest in you to achieve something and you start working towards your goal, there is no stopping you.

Ramesh’s story is on these lines. He was a bright child. His father had a cycle repair shop and was an alcoholic. This impacted both- his business and health. Unfortunately the business ended, and the family had nothing to fall upon. His mother Vimal Gholap resorted to selling bangles, and Ramu and his mother joined her to support the family. Ramu’s left leg was affected by polio, but he did not skip work because of his health conditions.

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Their village Mahagaon had just one primary school, and hence Ramu moved to Barshi at his uncle’s place for further studies. He studied really hard so that he could get educated and support his family. He was sincere and dedicated and won hearts of his teachers. When he was in the middle of his 12th model exams, he got the news of his father’s death. His chemistry paper was just 4 days away and he yet managed to score 88.5% in his final exams.

He then opted for D.Ed as it was the cheapest course and he could start supporting his family. After he started working as a teacher, he saw his mother approach several government officials to get a house under the Indira Awas Yojna. She could never get one because her Below Poverty Line card wasn’t standing valid. His father also had not got proper attention in a government hospital while he was suffering from tuberculosis. He also saw how ration shop owners sold kerosene in black and all these factors irked him to make a change.

Finally, he took a 6 months break from his job to study for the IAS exams and was selected in the year 2012.

“Whenever I cancel the licence of a PDS shop owner who has been black marketing kerosene, I remember my days when I had to turn off the lantern for lack of kerosene. Whenever I help a widow, I remember my mother begging for a house or for her pension. Whenever I inspect a government hospital, I remember my father’s words when he had left drinking and just wanted better treatment. He would ask me to become a big man and take him to a private hospital. Whenever I help a poor child, I remember myself, I remember Ramu,” says Ramesh Gholap, IAS.

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