Kendrapada, Aug 11:
Son of a farmer living below poverty line, Dipak Kumar Das, from Kendrapara district has cracked Indian Economic Service (IES).
Hailing from the obscure Palakana village under Kora gram panchayat, the 24-year-old Dipak has secured the 25th rank in the all-India exam.
The news has brought cheers not only to Dipak’s family but the residents of this remote village as well.
“There is no shortcut to success. Where there is a will, opportunities galore would come regardless of constraints and stumbling blocks,” Dipak told a news agency over phone.
“I have seen trials and tribulations of life from early age. My father is a small and marginal farmer. With great hardship, he provided me the monetary support for studies. I did not let him down. My perseverance, parental support besides divine blessings helped me to come out successful in IES,” he said.
His father Arakhita Das told the news agency, “I am a proud father. I own one acre of cultivable land. The pangs of poverty did not deter Dipak from achieving his goal.”
Daitari Nayak, the ex-headmaster of Koro Panchayat high school where Dipak had studied, said “I had spotted spark of brilliance in him in school. He was very hard-working. He was gifted with sharp memory and adept in debating skills.”
Dipak did his schooling at Palakana Primary School and Koro Panchayat High School. He then joined the BJB Autonomous College in Bhubaneswar for plus two and plus three courses with Economics honours. He completed his MA in Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
” I was bombarded with questions right from recession trends in global economy to poverty of Odisha by the interview board. But the members of the Board were exceedingly courteous and encouraging. I even fumbled while trying to respond to a few questions. But they prodded me for the right answer,” he said.
The board also asked him the ways and means to eradicate poverty and economic backwardness of states like Odisha, he added. ( with inputs from PTI)