Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

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1:31 pm 27 Dec, 2013

The will of a man is enough to move mountains or, in this case, build roads. Although India’s bureaucracy is often blamed for having a hand in the actions that has led to the sorry state of affairs in this country, the noble deeds of a few have managed to salvage some honour for babudom. One of them is Armstrong Pame, an IAS officer from Manipur in the northeast of the country. This SDM from Tousem in Tamenglong district of Manipur achieved the seemingly impossible (at least for the government) by building a road that connects his until now inaccessible area not only to the rest of the state but Assam as well. Here are a few additional facts about the 28-year-old IAS officer who his people call ‘The Miracle Man’:

 

Armstrong Pame is the first IAS officer from the Zeme tribe of Nagaland


Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

He travelled 31 villages of Manipur on foot in 2007 to experience the lives of the people in the state

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

A 2009-batch IAS officer, he became SDM (Sub-divisional Magistrate) of Tousem, one of the most backward areas of the country, in 2012

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

Saw the hardships faced by the people of Tousem to reach Tamenglong just 50 km away

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

State government declined help citing lack of funds

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

In August 2012 decides to raise funds via Facebook through which he raises Rs. 40 lakh including donations from NRIs and family members

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

Local contractors gave earthmovers, roadrollers for free; residents volunteer to build the ‘People’s Road’

Armstrong Pame: The Miracle Man of Manipur

And here is an interview with CNN-IBN’s ‘Indian of the Year 2012’:

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