“I was born in a very poor family where my father used to work as a Sipahi with a very nominal salary in Rajasthan.
Due to financial constraints, all four of my siblings didn’t get access to a formal education.
During my earlier years, Government of India brought a policy where bright students from Rural/Tribal areas would get an opportunity to study in elite schools of Urban areas.
I applied for that Government Scheme and got selected in a boarding school in Pilani which was then being run by Birlas.
I would study day-night and remain top in school to make sure that I never lose my Government Scholarship. After my schooling I got selected at IIT(Bombay) where I did my integrated Masters Programme, again with the help of Government Scholarship.
During my last year at IIT(Bombay), a thought hit me that whatever I am today is all because of the society and Government- it’s time to give back something meaningful to the society.
I appeared for Civil Services and cracked it- I knew where I came from and where I’d want to reach, I had found my way to serve the Nation.
My first posting was as an Assistant Collector in Himmatnagar, later I was posted as the youngest officer at Patan where for three years, we worked closely with the rural people and brought groundbreaking changes and made a huge impact in their lives.
Soon after I became a collector to Vadodara and then in the year 2011 my first stint happened with Ahmedabad as its Collector.
We worked on many prevailing issues and many first time initiatives also took place here which were later followed and implemented in various parts of the Country. After a two years stint with this city, I was posted at the Chief Minister’s Office and later got posted as the Municipal Commissioner to Rajkot where I worked closely with people of Rajkot. It has been one of the most memorable stints as within a year we were able to make Rajkot the 7th Cleanest City in India, Permanently solved the water scarcity problem, solved cattle menace and initiated first Rajkot Marathon where 40,000+ citizens participated and more than 1 Lac volunteers came to cheer.
After my Rajkot stint, Government allowed me to travel to the US for my one year Masters Programme on Public Policy at one of the most reputed University- UC Berkeley where I got an opportunity to communicate with the brightest minds.
In 2018, I was posted as the Municipal Commissioner to Ahmedabad city- it has been 11 months of my tenure here and the amount of respect, love and appreciation the city has given me has been tremendous. For the first six months, we silently worked on our flaws, on our loopholes and then prepared a concrete implementable plan and went to the people for their participation.
The only thing that is holding this city back is its old habits- whether it’s about breaking traffic rules, spitting on the streets or littering on the roads.
It all comes down to individual behavior and how we can help become a change agent in and for our city.
I always tell people- ‘AADAT BADLO, AMDAVAD BADLO’. We have often noticed people saying that we don’t have cleanliness and infrastructure like American cities- Yes, we don’t have that but what about the rich Heritage which this city offers, what about the monthly socio-religious-cultural festivals we celebrate with harmony, what about India’s first city with BRTS, what about India’s first city to have a Riverfront, what about Kankaria Carnival where the entire city comes together?
You won’t find any of these in any American City! Our city has all the potential to become a World class city and has the best facilities available but all we ask from citizens is to change their old habits and take equal responsibility in taking care of the environment, law situation and treat public places as their own property.
We at Corporation promise you that by September entire Sabarmati River will be clean by Next year entire Pirana mountain will disappear and we will strive to work in all the areas where corrections are needed.
Let’s come together and make Amdavad a cleaner, greener and livable city.
Any Message ?
Governments are for people- I am an example of how Governments can empower lives of a common men. From not having access to education to studying in an elite school to graduating from IIT(Bombay) to serving the Nation- this wouldn’t have been possible without the Government and Society. So let’s help them help us.”
Salute to Mr. Nehra for putting an effort on making our city better place to live.
Thank for sharing. Make it viral not only by spreading it but by purti g our 100% in his mission.
“AADAT BADLO AMDAVAD BADLO “. 👍🏽👌🏽