Ramesh Gholap: An IAS officer who started his life selling bangles in a Maharashtra village (video)
A touching story of a Jharkhand IAS officer who battled tough odds to find success in life.
Ramesh Gholap was born in Mahagaon village in Solapur district of Maharashtra. His father, Gorakh had a business of repairing cycles, which however didn't last long because of his drinking habits.
After Ramu, as he was called, grew up a little, he joined his mother, Vimal and his brother in selling bangles to the local village women. Ramesh's one leg was affected by polio. However, that didn't deter him in contributing for his family.
For his further studies, he went to stay in Barshi with his relatives as his village only had a primary school. He excelled in his studies there. It was there that he took his first step to get rid of his poverty.
His father passed away in 2005 when he was in 12th standard. He didn't have the money to go for his last rites but was helped by his neighbours.
In spite of passing his final 12th examinations with flying colours, he did D.Ed and also got an Arts degree from an open university to work as a teacher and support his family. That was the easiest way for him to earn as soon as possible after all. He finally started working as a teacher in 2009.
However, deep down, Ramu was not happy with the work he was doing and wanted to do even better things in life. He had set higher goals for himself.
From the time he was young, he had been seeing a lot of corruption in his village at every front. He wanted to do something through which he could help in eradicating the corruption from his village which would lead to its development.
It was around the time of September, 2009 when he took six month leave from his work and went to Pune to prepare for UPSC examination. At that time, he didn't even know the meaning of UPSC.
He finally went to a person who used to give UPSC coaching, just to ask him if he was eligible for it. The person, Atul Lande told him that he was perfectly eligible for taking UPSC examination and that was what motivated Ramu to go on.
While Ramu didn't make it in his first attempt, he didn't give up. It was during this time that his mother had stood for the village sarpanch elections and had lost out by a few votes.
That was the day Ramu had declared that he would become a big officer and then only would return to his village.
With hard work and diligence, he finally cleared the UPSC examination with an All India Rank of 287, without the help of coaching.
He was selected for IAS in 2012 and he finally came back to his village in May, 2012 keeping the promise of becoming a big man.
His journey didn't stop here. He soon topped the Maharashtra Public Sevice Commission Examination and scored record breaking marks 1,244 out of 1,800.
He is now the Joint Secretary of the Jharkhand Energy Department.
His mother is proud of his achievement and says that her son has returned their debts and made her extremely proud.
Ramesh Gholap has given more than 300 motivational speeches to aspirants of UPSC and MPSC exams.
Even now, after all this time, and all these achievements later, Ramesh Gholap says that whenever he helps someone poor, it reminds him of himself, Ramu.