As a student, Aman Gupta was fond of riding his bike but had to give it up when he was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration (macular dystrophy) in 2002. The serious medical condition slowly started robbing him of his vision.
However, it failed to deter his spirit, passion and ambition.
Today, even though his condition may have rendered him 90 percent blind, Aman has successfully overcome the odds. An exemplary IAS officer from the 2013 batch of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) cadre, he is known for finalising recruitment rules in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation that were pending for over 30 years.
Aman holds three top posts including director (personnel), additional director (education) and secretary to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) commissioner. He has also served as the deputy commissioner (west zone) and has served as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) for Chanakyapuri under the Delhi Government.
It was due to his hard work and vision that hundreds of employees earned the promotion they deserved. He is dedicated to improving the ranking of South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Swachh Survekshan 2018.
An IIM graduate with a Btech degree, Aman had attempted the UPSC Civil Services Examination in 2012, using audio books to prepare for the exam, but couldn’t get through. However, he continued to work hard and secured the 57th All India rank in the general category in 2013.
Though his vision may blur his capability to distinguish people by their features, his work doesn’t suffer. Aman uses a stand-mounted American video magnifier to work to read.
And though the effort may be 200% more time consuming, he never piles work for the next day.
During his service as the west zone as deputy commissioner, a few officials would take advantage of his poor sight and sneakily leave the meeting hall when he thought they were in attendance. When notified about the happenings, he issued show cause notices to the accused officials.
Often spotted deeply concentrating in his video magnifier, he is lauded as one of the top officials in SDMC’s education department. Speaking to TOI, SDMC commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel said IAS Aman Gupta was very meticulous.
He successfully shoulders the responsibility of over 600 schools with 2.5 lakh students, reports the Times of India.