Aman Gupta, the 90 percent blind IAS officer is actually a role model

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The recruitment rules which were pending for around 30 years in a civic body are now fulfilled which has helped hundreds of employees to be promoted and leads work on improving the ranking of South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Swachh Survekshan 2018. This person is none other than Aman Gupta who is an IIM graduate and he is 90% blind.He is a 2013 batch officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) cadre, works with the support of a stand-mounted American video magnifier that facilitates the visually impaired to read.

Gupta is suffering from juvenile macular degeneration It is, a medical condition which cannot be cured. His vision is now so poor that he finds it hard to differentiate people by their features. The broad smile on his face covers from view the ache he is undergoing from the time his vision began to deteriorate. Talking about his past Aman Gupta used to ride a bike when he was in Class 12. First, his eyes clogged seeing the cursor on the computer; then he was not able to see a cricket ball arcing through the air; and soon after he found it complex to read the text on the classroom blackboard. In 2002, he discovered atAIIMSthat he is suffering from juvenile macular degeneration which, over the years, has left him with just about 10% of normal sight.

In Delhi, where two bureaucrats committed suicide this year over anxiety and infirmity and students have killed themselves on getting low marks, Gupta exigent life, rather than the other way around, is commendable. “I failed to clear UPSC in 2012 for which I arranged with audio books. I dedicated more time and got a 57th all-India rank in the general category,” Gupta, a BTech, said. He at present holds three important positions — director (personnel), additional director (education) and secretary to theSDMCcommissioner. Earlier, he was deputy commissioner (west zone), and earlier than that he was with the Delhi government as the SDM forChanakyapuri.

A few officials have found it doesn’t pay when you act smart where Gupta is present. When he headed the west zone as deputy commissioner, some would occasionally silently leave the meeting hall while he thought they were present. When told, he straight away issued show-cause notices to those officials. When Gupta was new to the SDMC, an officer felt insulted when he did not reply to his offer of a handshake. “I could not see that he wanted a handshake. I later told him that I was 90% blind,” Gupta said.

Reading with the support of a video magnifier takes around 200% more time. But it isn’t often you’ll find his desk growling under unfinished files. Visuals of Gupta, his face often covered in his video magnifier, and sometimes of his hands feeling about the desk in search of a bell to push for a glass of water, or seeking a pen or a mobile phone, be a witness to his immense willpower and endurance. He is one of the top officials in SDMC’s education department, in charge of managing 600 schools and 2.5 lakh students. SDMC commissionerPuneet Kumar Goelsaid Gupta was very scrupulous.

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