Odisha gets its first Muslim IAS

Bhubaneswar: Mohammed Abdal Akhtar from Haladigadia near Korei area of Jajpur district has earned the distinction of being the first Muslim in the State to succeed in the UPSC civil services examinations. Akhtar secured 35th rank in the 2014 civil services exam, the result of which was announced today.

“I am very glad that I have got this opportunity to serve the people of my State. I look forward to it and I am thankful to God, my parents, friends for providing me support at every stage”, said an elated Akhtar.

Born in 1992, Akthar got a degree holder from Hyderabad Law University and was preparing for the civil services in New Delhi. Last year he got selected in Allied services, however refrained from joining. His father, Mohammed Akhtar got IPRS in 1980.

In another such tale, the good news of success in civil services exam arrived for Lingaraj Panda from Cuttack district while he at his grandmother’s funeral at Swargdwar in Puri. Panda, a resident of Balisahi in Nuapara area of Cuttack city, secured 38th rank in the exam. My childhood dream has come true, however, my grandmother is not around to share my success, said Panda.