“I was ridiculed by some students at school, but I never felt discouraged”
TIRUCHI: Hard work has been her mantra for achieving her mission of becoming an IAS officer. R. Lalitha of Tiruchi, ranked 12fth in the UPSC 2009-10 examination and State first rank in Tamil Nadu, explained how she systematically planned her schedule and worked hard towards the goal she has been aspiring since her school days.
More than once, she acknowledged the cooperation extended by her mother Tamizharasi and father N. Rajenedran in preparing for the UPSC examination.
At a meeting organised by All Women's Associations and Shrimati Indira Gandhi College here on Saturday, Ms. Lalitha said that aspirants for the IAS examination should not be discouraged on any account. “At a school meeting, in the presence of a large gathering, I boldly expressed my ambition to become an IAS officer. I was often ridiculed by some students at school, but never did I feel discouraged,” she said, indicating that a firm determination was the key to her success.
A question hour session was held in which a number of office-bearers of the association raised several queries. Ms. Lalitha categorically expressed her firm will to discharge her duty, above region, religion or even sex-based discrimination. “A woman IAS officer is as empowered as a male counterpart. There is no sex-based disparity in the executive powers for the IAS officials,” she said in reply to a question from Jambaka, one of the office-bearers.
The State and Central governments implemented various people-oriented schemes, she said adding she could effortlessly face the interview since she was familiar with various schemes being implemented in Tiruchi district.
S. Sujatha, Mayor, K. Meeena, Principal of Shrimati Indira Gandhi College, S. Kalyani, vice-president of Tamil Nadu Pengal Nala Sangam, Devika Jason of Young Women's Christian Association, and V. Ganapathy, advisor, District Exnora, were among those who offered felicitations. They asked Ms. Lalitha to prove her mettle as Collector by working for the cause of the poor and the needy. The Mayor honoured Ms. Lalitha with a shield.