Abu Imran casts his vote in Wasseypur on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Among the people spotted at booth No. 70 in Wasseypur locality under Dhanbad constituency was Abu Imran, the young deputy commissioner of Ramgarh.
The 30-year-old IAS officer was not at the booth to oversee the election process or for any poll-related work. Just like any other responsible citizen of the country, Imran had come to exercise his franchise on Vote Thursday.
“Every citizen must vote and elect a government of his or her choice. I am hopeful that the voting percentage in my locality (Wasseypur) will improve like other parts of Jharkhand,” said Imran, who ranked 209th in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam in 2010.
A resident of Qumar Makhdami Road in Wasseypur, the Ramgarh deputy commissioner arrived at his residence around 9.30am on Thursday. After spending an hour at home, he left for the booth where he cast his vote around 10.30am.
Asked about the portrayal of Wasseypur as a hotbed of criminals in movies and the media, Imran, who did his matriculation from Delhi Public School, Dhanbad, and went to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to complete his graduation, said: “What appears in the media is exaggeration. We have a peaceful atmosphere at Wasseypur and many of our students are doing well in different exam, including engineering and civil service,” he stressed.
Imran himself has come a long way.
Son of Haji Abu Mohammed, a retired manager of State Bank of India, he first appeared for the Union civil services examination in 2008 and ranked 488th. While serving as the assistant commissioner of customs, excise and narcotics, he again appeared for the prestigious exam in 2010 to better his rank and stood 209th. He became the subdivisional officer of Latehar and was eventually transferred as Ramgarh deputy commissioner.
“The academic atmosphere here is getting better with every passing day. More and more people are becoming successful after doing higher studies. The overall socio-economic situation will improve with betterment in the educational scene,” Imran added.
He agreed that basic facilities like healthcare, schools and sanitation needed more attention in his locality, but pointed out that the situation had improved a lot.
Any tips for the youths wanting to succeed like him?
“Every honest effort is bound to bring in result. The need of the hour is to develop a strong will power to achieve success,” said the officer, who looks up to his father as his role model.