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This IAS from Manipur built a 100 km long road all by himself


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We have this rather irritating knack of blaming the government for everything. Whether it is traffic mismanagement, sanitation problems or red-tape at government offices – the bureaucracy is good at nothing – is our most commonly used trope. But have we ever introspected on our duties as an Indian citizen? This story can be a sort of a lesson for us to do exactly the same.

An IAS officer from Manipur is an example of leading from the front. He constructed a 100 km long road linking Manipur, Assam and Nagaland. He did this humongous task without a single penny in financial aid from the government. Armstrong Pame was fed up of poor connectivity plaguing the far flung localities. He is the first IAS officer from the Zeme tribe and living true to this formidable feat, he went on to construct the 100 km long road network all by himself. Soon after he started, help started pouring in from all corners.

Not just locals, but even foreigners contributed to the cause through a Facebook page for the project. With this, the community built Tamenglong-Haflong road in 2013 connecting three states. This road is fittingly called the People’s Road.


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