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Men who matter

Bureaucrat with finance touch

CA,CS, ICWA- a perfect combo for a finance professional but he chose the IAS

Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

People Sandeep kumar sultania

But for the urge to become an IAS officer he would have become a top notch finance professional in some leading multi-national firm. Meet the Joint Collector of our district, Sandeep Kumar Sultania.

Born and brought up in Nawada of Bihar, Mr. Sultania completed his chartered accountancy, company secretary course and cost and works accountancy from Kolkata, before joining Prudential Capital Market as senior manger (merchant banker) for a brief period.

"The seed of becoming an IAS officer was sown in my mind during my childhood. After working as merchant banker for a short time I moved to New Delhi for my civil services coaching. I got through the examination in my second attempt and was allotted to AP cadre in 1998," he recalls.Initially he was posted as Sub-Collector of Karimnagar and was later transferred to Nizamabad. "My tenure in Nizamabad was a yearning and as well as a learning experience. I was in charge of the Pushkaram festival and had to build the entire infrastructure that could handle a crowd of over half a million on a daily basis."Thereafter, Mr. Sultania was posted as Project Officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency at Parvathipuram. "Here I initiated the move to start computer education for tribal students in the residential schools. Today there may not be road connectivity to an interior residential school but there would definitely be a computer classroom. Apart from that I also mooted the scheme of 'Pratibha', wherein 50 bright tribal students from Std.VIII onwards were selected to undergo special coaching for EAMCET and IIT-JEE. Later after my transfer I came to know that even the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy, appreciated the scheme and asked the authorities to prepare a plan for implementing the scheme throughout the State."

After working for a brief period as protocol officer in Hyderabad he was posted as JC in Visakhapatnam.

On the city

"This city has a great future. Five years from now Vizag would be one among the top cities in the country. Apart from becoming a favourite haunt of tourists it is also going to become an economic hub. Once projects like the IT Park, Pharma City and Volkswagen take off, this city would be on top of the global map."

Talking on the upcoming tourism projects he says, "We have plans to create tourism-related projects on hilltops and invite hoteliers to set up five-star hotels. We are also in the process of identifying a land for an I-Max theatre."

Gangavaram issue

"We have already selected an excellent piece of land for rehabilitating the affected people under the proposed Gangavaram port project. As far as jobs for them are concerned, we are trying to do our best by negotiating with the private owners of the port.

The Gangavaram port and the expansion of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant would jointly create job opportunities for over 5,000 persons and the eligible would definitely get a job, and to make them eligible we are ready to impart any type of training. Moreover, during the construction phase itself, there would be a huge requirement of manpower."

Mr. Sultania avers that Praja Patham and Spandana programmes are a success.

"The main reason for their success is that we are not making any big promise. Under Praja Patham we are only committing on the immediate requirements like supply of drinking water and providing daily wage labour to the poor, which we are able to fulfil. The same is the case with Spandana - no big promises."

S.B.

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