Bhubaneswar: Sanyas Behera, who went on to become the first visually-impaired OAS officer by clearing the Odisha Civil Services Examination this year, joined the at Puri Collector office Today.
Behera secured 220th position in the exam conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC). However, he stood first among the candidates in physical challenged category.
For Behera, success did not come all of a sudden. Being the Secretary of State Blind Association, he had to fight a long legal battle for induction of the visually-impaired category in the mainstream service sector.
He had challenged the notification of the State Government in court that did not allow the blinds to go in for the administrative services. After a long battle of 8 years, finally, the order was passed in their favour in 2014. But when the forms for the examinations were out in July 2015, it was clearly stated that partially-impaired persons would be able to appear the exams.