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Why Manipur’s ‘Miracle Man’ IAS Armstrong Is Inviting School Students for Dinner Every Friday

First he had a 100km road built without government assistance, now he’s inviting students to his home for dinner to experience life as an IAS Officer. It’s no wonder Officer Armstrong is a true people’s champion!

You may have heard of Armstrong Pame before. Or maybe you’ve heard of the other name the IAS Officer goes by, ‘Miracle Man.’ He became one of the North East’s favourite officers when he raised Rs. 40 lakh through his Facebook page to build a 100km road, famously known as the “Peoples’ Road,” connecting Manipur to Nagaland and Assam without government assistance.

Well, Miracle Man has struck again, and this time he’s inviting 10 fortunate students from Class 5 to 10 for dinner at his home, every Friday.

The dinner invitation from Officer Pame. Photo Source: Facebook

Wanting to give the students a chance to observe the workings of the District Administration, the now District Collector of Manipur’s Tamenglong is opening up his home for a few hours every Friday so children can gain a glimpse into the life of one of India’s IAS officers.

The circular issued by the officer says, “they shall be given an opportunity to express their dreams/visions and shall also be asked to express their desire as to how they wish to see the district in future days to come.”


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The students will be selected from a number of schools in the district on a rotation basis, making sure all are given a fair chance at the unique opportunity.

Writing on his Facebook page, Officer Pame said, “As a kid I used to walk past the deputy commissioner’s building and office…[I] really wanted to see what’s there but never got to… now being here as DC let me invite the school kids to share a dinner table with me…[I] hope this will give them a zeal to do well to live their dreams.”

Manipur’s Miracle Man. Photo Source: Facebook

After completing his bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 2005, Officer Pame appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2007 and got Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in Custom and Central Excise department. After clearing the UPSC exam in 2008, he was selected for Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

In 2012, he was nominated for CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Public Service category and in 2015 he was the awardee of India’s Most Eminent IAS Officer Award 2015.

Officer Pame is a true champion of the people and a man loved by the residents he serves.

You can contact him here.

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Written by Lucy Plummer

Born in London, UK, Lucy has traveled the world before falling in love with India during a 9-month backpacking trip in 2016. She's passionate about humanity, culture, food and mountains.