U. Sagayam or Ubagarampillai Sagayam an IAS officer and an activist well-known for his work against corruption in Tamil Nadu. The officer belongs to Tamil Nadu Cadre of 2001. His motto is “Reject bribes and Hold your head high.” He regularly antagonizes politicians and supporters in Tamil Nadu.

He took birth in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu on 22nd March 1962. He has handled cases in Tamil Nadu including state elections in 2011 and illegal granite-mining in Madurai. U. Sagayam is a local hero in Tamil Nadu. He got transferred twenty-five times for his efforts to eliminate corruption. Being born into a middle-class family, he became the youngest son in the family of five.

His father was a farmer. As a child, Sagayam went to a panchayat elementary school and a Government Secondary school. Later, he did masters in law and social work. In 1989, he cleared the Civil Services Examinations and joined the Central Secretariat Service. He completed training and worked in Delhi.

Later, he resigned and applied for Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. He got elected and eventually earned a promotion to the Indian Administrative Service. He started his career in Tamil Nadu in 1991 in Ootacamund District of Tamil Nadu. Initially, Sagayam had to face charges of favoritism to the tea estates, but later he got relieved of the accusations. In 2000, he became the Additional District Magistrate in Kanchipuram.

There, he forbade Pepsi from manufacturing its soft drinks due to dirt found in the product. He also took action against the sand mafia at Palar River and reduced communal violence. In 2005, he confiscated illegal subsidy cylinders used in over 500 restaurants in Chennai. In 2009, he got the post of a Collector in Namakkal District.

He made his assets public for the first time and stated that a district collector must be an example of honesty. He showed house owned by him and his wife in Madurai with a bank balance of 7,172 Rs. He transformed the district and village administrative officer (VAO) system. In his career Sagayam got transferred many times for his honesty under the influence of politicians, he got transferred twenty-five times for his efforts to eliminate corruption. But the love of local people made him a hero in South India. Many a time’s people protested against his transfer; this shows the affection the citizens had for him.

Achyuta Samanta Tamil Actor

Achyuta Samanta

Achyuta Samanta was born on 20th January in the year 1965 to Shri Anadi Charan Samanta (father) and Smt. Nilima Rani Samanta (mother) in a small village called Kalarabanka in the district of Cuttack, Orissa. He currently resides in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. At a young age of four Achyuta Samanta’s father passed away leaving behind his widowed mother and seven other siblings in abject poverty. They faced many a hardships possibly leading to the result of the many organizations he later founded. He eventually went on to complete his graduation from Utkal University with M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University which is located in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. After graduating he went on to teaching in colleges for 10 years. He mostly worked under the Maharshi College which was a part of Utkal University, where he worked as a chemistry lab assistant. He is the present founder, secretary and ex-chancellor of both the prestigious organizations, namely, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT). These organizations of his provide various amenities like free food, healthcare, accommodation and education to student from grade 1 to post graduate students. Along with these, he has other organizations such as KIIT International School, KIIT School of Management (KSOM), Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), KIIT School of Computer Application (KSCA), KIIT Law School (KLS), KIIT School of Biotechnology (KSBT), KIIT School of Languages (KSOL), KIIT School of Rural Management (KSRM), Kalinga Polytechnic and Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) under his name. He is known to be a promoter of both art and culture through his organization which is called Kadambini Media Pvt Ltd (KMPL). He has also been the organizer of Little Miss India competition, Nanhi Pari since the beginning of 2000. He has currently established about 25 spiritual shrines and centres. These places of sanctuary have been constructed in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi’s “Gandhi Gram”. There are also tribal museums which showcase the tribal life and are also seen as centres for both yoga and spiritualism. He has received a number of awards under his name, adding to his credentials and has also created new records under the field of social entrepreneurship. His name has been mentioned under the top 15 Social Entrepreneurs in the world by the American Edge Foundation. Samanta has also won the record for being the youngest Chancellor across India in the Limca Book of Records.