A woman with humble beginnings has become a role model to other housewives, thanks to her burning desire to succeed.
Life was never a bed of roses for Garavalli Venkata Lakshmi of Ganapavaram in West Godavari district, who assisted her parents, both farmhands, for ten long years.
Venkata Lakshmi’s life took a turn after she got married to G. Satyanarayana in 1987 and shifted to Rajahmundry. At that time she had studied only up to sixth standard. Her husband encouraged her to appear for the SSC examination in 1998. Their two children had just started going to school. When the couple saw an advertisement for typist post in the district court, Lakshmi made a serious attempt, but did not succeed in the interview.
“When I saw my husband doing rounds of offices for getting my and my children’s certificates attested, I decided that I should also become a Gazetted Officer,” she said.
Venkata Lakshmi completed B.A. in the distance mode from Andhra University 2003 and made the first attempt for Group-II post. In 2007, she bagged a post graduate degree in MA (Sociology). However, she did not succeed in her attempt to become Group-II officer as the post that was offered to her was non-executive cadre with economics as compulsory subject. She passed B.Ed. with flying colours. In 2008, she appeared for the Group-II examination, the result for which was declared in 2011. She got selected as Excise Sub-Inspector.
On the negative image of the Excise Department, Venkata Lakshmi said: “I am not aware of corrupt activities, if any, in my department. No one in my family is an employee. I want to become an officer.”
She relied only on Telugu Academy books and newspapers for current affairs and has not taken any coaching.
Dreams for children
Lakshmi’s elder son Dilip Chakravarti, who passed M.Tech, appeared for the Group- I examination along with his mother. Interestingly only Lakshmi cleared the prelims. Her second son Sai Chaitanya is studying B.Tech and the parents want to see them as civil servants.
Venkata Lakshmi not only completed her education, but has also been selected as Excise Sub-Inspector