Monday, 2 May 2016

[] Ramesh Gholap selling bangles on street to school topper, this boy finally became an IAS


Ramesh Gholap selling bangles on street to school topper, this boy finally became an IAS :-

The life of Ramesh Gholap is also based on similar lines who is an inspiration for lakhs of people today.

As a child, Ramesh used to accompany his mother in selling bangles in streets even though their life was not nearly as colourful as the ornament. He hails from 'Mahaganv' in Warsi tehsil of Solapur village in Maharashtra.

Struggles of Ramesh Gholap

During those times, he had to struggle to even manage the two-time meal for himself and his mother every day. As Ramesh's mother called out to people while selling the bangles, he would repeat after her.

On one side, the circumstances taught him to struggle and on the other hand, poverty, hunger and alcoholic father made his little eyes see the big dreams. Ramesh Gholap's story truly represents that people do not lack strength but the will to attain something.

Hard work and dedication of Ramesh paved the path for him towards achieving his dreams. Today, Ramesh is an IAS officer and currently serving as Joint Secretary in the Department of Energy of Jharkhand Ministry.

From selling bangles to setting goals

As an alcoholic, Ramesh's father never paid attention to the family and his mother was forced to work as a bangle seller. His father used to spend the money on liquor which was meant for household expenses after selling bangles.

Ramesh neither had a home to live in nor money to spend on the education. All he had was the willpower to fulfill his dreams. Ramesh spent his childhood at his aunt's house that she had acquired under a government scheme.

Along with looking for a livelihood, he kept on studying but there were still lessons to be learnt in life. Just a few days before the metric examinations, Ramesh's father passed away. It came as a shock to him as he was preparing for the Board exams but he did not lose hope.

When the result came out, Ramesh had scored 85.5% marks. He has seen times when there wouldn't be one grain in the house and study expenses became a rather big deal. Thus, under a government scheme, he took Rs 18,000 as a loan in the name of buying a cow.

After clearing the exams, he became a Tehsildar but after some time, he decided to aim higher. Ramesh now wanted to be an IAS officer. Every child in his home village is aware of Ramesh's struggle through life.

During tough days, he used to make announcements for ministers, advertise for shops (word of mouth) and make wedding paintings. The money he used to make from these small tasks was used in his studies.

Making of an IAS officer

With the dream of being a collector, Ramesh reached Pune. Though he failed during his first try but only to come out stronger in the second attempt. In 2011, he once again gave the UPSC exam in which he got 287th rank. Talking about the last days he spent at the village, Ramesh said that in 2010, he had inspired his mother to contest for Panchayat polls.

He was sure that the villagers would support them but his mother did not hail as a winner. It was then that Ramesh decided to come back to the village only after he would become an officer. He indeed fulfilled his promise. After he became an IAS on May 4, 2012, he went to his village where he received a warm-hearted welcome.

Ramesh with his mother, Vimal Gholap.


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