“Everyone wants choices for themselves, but we are so afraid of letting others have their choices.”- Ira Singhal
Ira Singhal fought through the people and circumstances that deemed her unfit for pursuing her dreams, citing her as ‘physically disabled’ and went onto become a proud UPSC topper and got posted at the prestigious Indian Administrative Services (Batch of 2015). An accessibility warrior, she is a bold voice for equal rights for people with disabilities and also a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights. She is currently Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Alipur) under the Government of NCT (Delhi).
The session captured her inspiring story and journey being inspired by District Magistrate Officers making a difference everyday with their policies. After aspiring to be a doctor and trying her hand at various jobs, she didn’t want to let go her passion for civil services. She says ” I wanted to work with the people in order to make a difference to someone’s life. So that after I go, there is something left behind”.
Being deprived of the service despite seeking a good rank, on grounds of being incapable for a prestigious service she pledged to take this fight up. She says “Everybody forgot that someone like me could exist. And that’s when I decided that if I am a part of the system now, let’s take this up and make the difference”.
She now is a proud IAS officer and has went on to take the job up to save children from child labour and attended to issues that were not resolved from a long time. She ends the session on an inspiring note: “I do think I made the right choice. Every single day in office helps make a difference and the impact. If you have the right perspective, you will make the best out of your job.”