Rahul Kumar is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Bihar Cadre. He is widely regarded as one of the best officers of Bihar in the contemporary times. The way he transformed the social life of Gopalganj district is simply scintillating. He is getting accolades for his work to make this rather a backward district into an open defecation free district.
Profile and Family of Rahul Kumar
Rahul Kumar is from Patna. He appeared in the UPSC Civil Services Examination in 2010 and secured a rank of 36. He has always been a hardworking and studious student. He had appeared in the CSE with Literature and Hindi Language subjects. It should be mentioned here that the plan of UPSC Civil Services Examination has now changed and candidates are expected to select only one optional subject in the Mains Examination. It is considered tough to crack CSE with Hindi and securing good rank. Rahul has broken the myth for better.
Rahul is an OBC and hence through rooster system he got the first preference for cadre. He got his home state Bihar and currently determined to make some positive changes in the social life of the great land.
The Sage of Mid Day Meal in Gopalganj
Kalyanpur is a village in Gopalganj district. Here, five women are employed as a cook. A cook named Sunita Devi is a 36 year widow. She is quite poor and trying her best to educate her son through this earning. However, a superstition got into the blood of villagers because of some events in Kalyanpur. They thought that Sunita is the bad omen because she is a widow. They barred her from cooking food. This was not about loss of work and livelihood for the poor lady. It was about the stigma that she is a bad omen.
Sunita met Rahul Kumar, the DM of Gopalganj, in the Janta Darbar. Rahul heard her and assured support. Next week, Rahul went to Kalyanpur and asked Sunita to cook. While she was cooking, he took lessons to students of the school. Further, he talked to villagers in a very polite manner and then firmly told them to keep away these types of anti-social and inhuman practices. When Sunita completed cooking, he sat there and asked her to serve. She did the same thing and Rahul ate entire plate in front of the villagers.
This may seem to be a very small or minor incident. However, seeing it in the social set up of Gopalganj, it becomes quite important. By this stroke, Rahul tried to remove stigma attached to a widow.
Rahul is an aspiring poet and planning to write a book on Hindi poetry.
Needless to say, nation needs many IAS officers like Rahul Kumar. He is justifying the tag attached with an IAS Officer – the steel pillar of the nation.