Nityanand Pandey/ Ankita Mishra
Sachin Kurve was born in Nagpur, holds a degree of BE in mechanical engineering. He is an IAS of 2003 batch got allotted for Uttrakhand cadre. His first posting was at Roorkee as a Joint Magistrate where he did a lot of work for the betterment of common people. Now he is serving as a Collector at Mumbai Suburban District and focusing to bring transparent policy for the tribal and common people.
In an exclusive interview with India Unbound Sachin Kurve shared his experience on his various postings and his vision for doing something good for the citizens of Mumbai.
* Could you share your childhood days & family background and formal education with our readers?
-I was born and brought up at Nagpur. I did BE in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology at Nagpur itself, which is now known as VNIT. After completing BE I worked about 3 months with voltas refrigerators then I resigned and started preparing for civil services. In 2001 I got selected for IRS and later on in 2003 I again appeared and got selected as an IAS & got alloted for Uttarakhand cadre of 2003 batch.
* It was your dream to become an IAS officer, since your childhood?
-Yes, since my childhood I always wanted to be a part of Indian Administrative Service.
* What are your memories of 2003 batch? Do you still meet your batch mates?
-The important thing of the 2003 batch was, minimal recruitment was done by UPSC and the total numbers of my batch mates including all services were 286. I had a great experience and Yes, I do meet my batch mates & my wife is also from that batch. She is posted in India Oil Accounts as a Deputy General Manager Finance.
* Kindly tell us about the first posting of your career?
-My first posting was at Roorkee as a Joint Magistrate.
* What are your achievements so far?
-In my career so far starting from Roorkee I always tried and want to do something for the general people and by god`s grace I was able to do. But still there is more to do and long way to go.
* You were the Director General in Vanamati, Nagpur kindly share your assignment to our readers?
– I was Director General of Vanamati for a very short time of 4 months. State training policy, the Combined Probationary Training Programme (CPTP) was started and I was there to look after that for only 4 months in that institute. So, there is not much to speck about my assignment.
* You served as the Collector Nagpur please share your experience?
-At Nagpur the main task as a District collector was to implement many of the schemes brought by the state and central govt. In 2015 many projects were sanctioned for Nagpur. The main assignment for me as a collector was to make the land available to them for Nagpur Metro, Nagpur Mumbai Samruddhi expressway & Many Govt. institutions were allotted for Nagpur, so to make the land available for them was the main task.
* You also worked as an additional secretary to the governor at Uttarakhand & District Collector at Haridwar what was your experience?
-At the time when I was the Additional secretary to the governor, Uttarakhand. Smt Margaret Alva was the governor. I worked with the Hon. Governor for about 7 months and at that time I use to look after the affiliations of the the university. As the chancellor governor gives the permission to the various issues. Secondly as a District Collector, Haridwar I was the administrative of Haridwar Nagar Nigam and I was also the Mela Adhikari. I had a great experience there got to learn a lot of things.
* What were the challenges you faced at Haridwar?
-Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places so millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform their ritualistic bath in the Holy River Ganges. So the management of crowd, Bomb management & to let the rituals carry on without any bad incident was the main & important challenge.
* Supreme Court has summoned you under incorrect affidavit when you were District Collector Haridwar kindly comment?
-This matter is before my assumption of office as my district collector. At that time Haridwar was declared an open defecation district, at the same time it was presented to Affidavit. But someone had filed a PIL in taking an objection to it.
* Coming from Mechanical engineering background how much it helps you in your work as a Collector or any administrative job?
-According to me any kind of education you do in your graduation level helps you in in many way & yes my educational background also helps in in various things.
* What are your top priorities as Collector, Mumbai suburban?
-My top most priority is to give the transparent service to the common citizens of Mumbai as well as to help those who are the main economic tribals in Mumbai help them in a transparent manner.
* As a Mumbai Suburban collector, how much it will be helpful in your future career?
-It is always good to work in the city like Mumbai because you are explore to so many things as it is a big city. Like we get to know many things and different working style. I also got to know about different schemes and policies. We get a good exposure here. Working here will be a great achievement for me in my career.
* Since GST is implemented all across India How much it will help for economic growth of the country? Whether it was right time to impose GST immediate after demonetisation?
-See, It is a Govt. policy and being a bureaucrat I see this policy with all my efficiency.
* Whether some burden of the collector office is curtail due to GST please comment?
-Before implementation of GST we use to look after a tax called entrtainment tax which is now given to sales tax dept.
* Mumbai Suburban is huge & over crowed city from Bandra till Dahisar & Gorai costal area, how will you be able to manage entire functioning?
-As this is my 6th district I am serving as a collector, I have a great experience working and managing the entire functioning in any city.
* Have you ever influenced by any political pressure in your work?
-I go as per my rule book and will never get influenced by anyone.
* In what manner do you want to inspire your followers and well-wishers?
-I do my job with all my efficiency and I will try my level best for the betterment of the city. I want the people to know me for my work.
* Who is your role model?
-My Role model is my guru who is no more now Dr. Kishore Mahabar.
* How you spend your leisure time?
-I love to spend time with my family.
* What is your fitness regimen?
-Whenever I get time I go gym to keep myself fit.
* What suggestion, advice you want to give to new students who aspire to become an IAS?
-It is a good professional as you get into it in the motto to serve the common citizens of nation and you can work for the betterment of our nation.