Inspiring story of blind man who cracked OCS exam

Bhubaneswar: Sanyas Behera, a 42-year-old blind man from city here has set an example for all after he cracked the Odisha Civil Service (OCS) 2015 examinations, the premier entrance for recruitment into OAS, state’s top administrative cadre.

Braving all odds, Sanyas finally came out as a winner by clearing the examinations in his very first and last attempt.

Hailing from a poor family, Sanyas who resides with his daughter and a son in a single room in the capital city, had appealed the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), High Court and Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) to allow him to sit for the examinations.

His appeal partially succeeded after the Commission allowed partial blind candidates to appear in the examinations in 2015. But it was of no avail to Sanyas as he was deprived of this opportunity since he was completely blind.

But he never gave up and sat on dharna and defied OPSC rule document which he tore apart in front of the office of the Commission.

His struggle finally ended in his favour after the Commission allowed him to sit for the Odisha Civil Services Examination in 2015.

Speaking to media persons, Sanyas expressed his profound gratitude to those who had helped him.

“The Civil Society organisations have given me a lot of encouragement. I would also like to give most credit to Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsang organisations and their fraternity,” he said.

Speaking on Sanyas’s incredible achievement, his wife and daughter are also no less happy than he himself.

“After burning midnight oil for so long we are very happy to see him succeed. He had worked really hard. We also toiled hard and had to take care of people who come to help him,” Sanyas’ wife said.

“He used to plug in earphone and memorize chapters after we sleep. After lot of hard work we are very happy on his achievement,” his daughter told media persons.

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