Durga Shakti Nagpal

Durga Shakti Nagpal is an Indian bureaucrat, civil servant, and officer in the Uttar Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative Service. She came into public view after launching a massive drive against corruption and illegal sand mining within her jurisdiction of Gautam Budh Nagar. She came into the limelight in 2013 when she was suspended by the UP Government for her actions against corruption and illegal sand mining. Her father was also a government employee who was awarded the President’s Medal for his distinguished service at the Delhi Cantonment Board. She cracked the UPSC Examination in the year 2009 and achieved an All India Rank of 20.

Nagpal passed the UPSC Examination in her first attempt, and she was allotted the IRS (Indian Revenue Service). She joined her training for the IRS, but she wanted to be an IAS. Hence, she attempted the UPSC examination once again during her training, she got selected for IAS this time. In June 2011, she was allotted the Punjab Cadre, and her first posting was in the Mohali District Administration. She served in Mohali for fourteen months and even exposed a land scam. In August 2012, she was deputed to Uttar Pradesh to join as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Sadar, Noida. To put a stop to illegal sand mining, she took action and formed a flying squad with officers from the Uttar Pradesh Police. The squad filed 17 FIRs by monitoring illegal sand mining, and the Chief Judicial Magistrate also ordered the arrest of illegal sand miners in 22 cases. She came into the limelight after taking an action against the “sand mafia” in Greater Noida to stop illegal sand mining on the banks of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers. Following her orders, the police impounded 297 vehicles and machinery, which were being used for illegal mining, and collected fines worth 8.23 lacs INR. Her actions against the sand mafia did not go down well, and the mafia, with the help of some politicians, got her suspended from duty.

On 28 July 2013, following her suspension, persons like Kiran Bedi, many retired IAS officers, former cabinet secretaries, the former CAG Vinod Rai, and the All India, IAS Association (national body of IAS officers) came out in her support and termed the government’s actions “wrong.” They said that Nagpal was suspended due to her stringent actions against the sand mafia and called her suspension “a demoralizing action by the government.” The IAS Association demanded a high-level probe into her suspension and an online petition was also started to revoke her suspension.  On 22 September 2013, her suspension was revoked by the UP Government after massive public pressure from all factions of the society. On 5 October 2013, she was appointed as the Joint Magistrate of Kanpur Dehat. On 9 December 2019, film producers Sunir Kheterpal and Robby Grewal announced that they will be collaborating and making a biopic on the life story of Durga Shakti Nagpal. Interestingly, Sunir has produced films like “Badla” and “Kesari.”

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