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IAS officer Sushant Gaurav

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 Context: IAS officer Sushant Gaurav, the Deputy Commissioner of Gumla in Jharkhand, has been credited for transforming the poverty-stricken district into the ‘Ragi Capital of India.

Gaurav’s innovative approach shifted locals from water-intensive paddy cultivation to a more sustainable model of ragi cultivation. The district, once plagued by extreme poverty and Naxalite insurgency, underwent a remarkable turnaround under Gaurav’s leadership. For his efforts, he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. The shift to ragi cultivation brought nutritional benefits to the predominantly Adivasi population in Gumla.

Usage: The example can be used to show the ethical values of Leadership, Innovation, Empathy, Social Responsibility, and Public Service Excellence.