Rumana Jafri, who was born and brought up in Bhubaneshwar, is working tirelessly for the service of others. She happens to be the first female and the 46th Block Development Officer, at Madanpur Rampur, in Kalahandi district in Odisha. She has taken it upon herself to work towards the betterment of the region and its people. Born and brought up in Bhubaneshwar, she topped her Class 12, and graduation exams. She appeared for the civil services exams and even taught students who aspired to be in the service. She cleared the Odisha Administrative Services exams, and is a 2015 batch cadre.
It all started within a week of her joining office when she decided to remodel the grievance procedure of her block. She decided to appoint a grievance redressal coordinator, who registered any complaints of the people. Within eight days, the complainants would get the status of their grievances/applications. Time, money and energy were saved.
But Rumana Jafri did not stop there. Her true moment came when an elderly woman in a remote village required assistance. Her land encroached, the poor lady was distressed. Rumana Jafri attended to the lady herself, at midnight, and arranged for an ambulance to shift her to the district hospital, around 60 kms away. This was the first time any BDO from Madanpur Rampur had visited a patient, that too at such a late hour. Further, it was a Sunday, so the officer even succeeded in breaking the myth that there is no work on Sundays for civil servants.