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Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal, the fearless IAS officer who took on the mighty sand mafia?

  • Ajayendra Rajan, Bhaskar News
  • Aug 04, 2013, 09:32 AM IST
Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal, the fearless IAS officer who took on the mighty sand mafia?
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Lucknow: This extraordinary woman who stood up to the sand mafia, an IAS officer of UP cadre belongs to Chhattisgarh. A computer engineer, Durga Shakti Nagpal was posted in B-5 Police station of Delhi Cantonement where she started preparing for the civil services exams.

 

In 2009, she cleared the civil services exams with flying colours and was ranked 20th in the country. After she completed her training she was allotted the 2010 batch and was placed in the Punjab cadre. However, soon after joining she got married to Abhishek Singh, an IAS officer of UP cadre. Abhishek is a graduate in management accounting and 2011 batch IAS officer.

 

After her marriage Durga took a transfer to UP cadre. Last September, she was posted in Ghaziabad as the SDM.

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    Among her peers, Durga is known to be an introvert who cares deeply about her responsibilities.

    During her stay of 11 months in Gautam Budh Nagar, Durga became interested in the illegal mining on the banks of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers. She even formed a special flying squad to keep a check on these illegal activities. But by then reportedly a lot of money had been made by these mining activities.

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    Durga made headlines after she was suspended for probing the sand mafia and the UP govt was red-faced over her suspension as the clamour for her re-instatement rises.

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    On one hand the IAS association has asked for a high level probe into her suspension. Meanwhile an online petition has also been started on social networking sites.

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    Trying to fire-fight this situation, UP government has said that Durga Shakti Nagpal in her stint as SDM had tried to fan communal tension by demolishing the wall of a mosque.

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    Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal, the fearless IAS officer who took on the mighty sand mafia?

    However, the association has raised the issue since Durga is only 11 months old in the profession and still on probation she should not be suspended. 

    Meanwhile other officers are saying that the felling of a wall of a mosque which is under construction would have been unlikely to cause communal tension and not grounds enough for suspension. They added that no IAS officer has been suspended for the communal tension and clashes witnessed in Mathura, Muzzafarnagar, Faizabad etc. Adding that Durga’s suspension seems politically motivated.

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