Who is U. Sagayam?
U. Sagayam is a former career Indian civil servant who formerly served as Vice Chairman of Science City Chennai. During his career, he served both in Indian Administrative Service, as an officer in the Tamil Nadu cadre, and Central Secretariat Service.
22 March 1962 (age 59)
Pudukkottai District, Madras State (now Tamil Nadu, India)
|Occupation||Civil Servant, Activist|
|Children||2 (Thileepan, Yalini)|
Early life and education
U. Sagayam is the youngest of five sons of a farmer from Perunchunai village, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu. He attended a Tamil-medium panchayat elementary school and then a Government Higher secondary school at Ellaippatti. He received his master’s degrees in social work and in law.
Why In News?
Former Tamil Nadu bureaucrat Sagayam, on Monday, announced that his (unregistered) party, Sagayam Arasiyal Peravai, has formed an alliance with two parties to contest the upcoming Assembly election. He has formed an alliance with the Tamil Nadu Youth Party and the Valamana Tamizhaga Katchi (Prosperous Tamil Nadu Party).
While Sagayam said he will not contest, the members of his unregistered Sagayam Arasiyal Peravai will contest in 20 constituencies under the Tamil Nadu Youth Party symbol. Sagayam announced the first list of 10 candidates.
Addressing the media persons on Monday, Sagayam said, he will officially launch his party and will explain the ideology of the party once it gets formal recognition.
Why is his career eventful?
Mr. U. Sagayam’s has been an eventful career since his entry into the State government service as a Group I officer from a farmer’s family of Perunchunai village in Pudukottai district. He has reportedly faced 25 transfers in 27 years of service. In 1989, after clearing the UPSC examination, he served in the Central Secretariat Service in New Delhi for seven months before he decided to give it up to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.
The State first heard of Mr. Sagayam, after he, acting on a complaint of dirt found in a bottle of Pepsi, sealed the production unit of the multi-national company in Kancheepuram district, as district revenue officer-cum additional district magistrate, in 1999. Armed with a government laboratory report, which confirmed that the samples were “not fit for human consumption,” he banned sales.
IAS Sagayam Background
IAS U. Sagayam is the youngest son in his family. He belongs to a village Perunchunai village in Tamil Nadu. He has attended a Tamil- medium panchayat elementary school and then he attended a government higher secondary school in the region of Ellapatti. He pursued his post-graduation degree in social work and in law. Mr. Sagayam joined the Central secretariat Service in the year 1989 after qualifying for the UPSC examination. In 1991 joined IAS as a Sub-divisional Magistrate of Ootacamund.
Soon after training and working for 7 months, in New Delhi, Sagayam resigned from the Central Secretariat Service. Then he took the examination for the Tamil Nadu Public Service commission and after clearing the exam he was given the opportunity to join Tamil Nadu state Civil Service. In the 2001 UPSC batch, he was promoted to be an IAS as he attained seniority in the service he was in.
Some of the remarkable achievements include,
- In 2000, he was the Additional District Magistrate in Kanchipuram. He received complaints about the presence of dirt in the Pepsi bottles. when he verified it to be true, he took the bold decision and sealed the bottling plant.
- In 2004, he was the deputy commissioner of Civil Supplies in Chennai. He came to know that 1000s of subsided gas cylinders were used for commercial purposes in hotels. He seized about 5000 cylinders in a day to create deterrence among the wrongdoers.
- When he was the district collector in Namakkal, he attempted to implement a law which was till then only in paper. He ordered that all the VAO’s (Village Administrative Officer) should necessarily stay in the villages of their postings. This created a problem as many VAO’s are staying far away from their place of postings leading to the neglect of public service. Finally, due to political pressure, he was transferred.
- In 2009, he became the first IAS officer to voluntarily declare and disclose his assets in the official website.
- In 2011, it was an open secret that free and fair elections cannot be held in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. This was due to the influence of the ruling party and the vote for cash issues. This made the Election Commission appoint a tough taskmaster, Sagayam IAS as District Collector, to carry out the election process. He successfully completed the task to the satisfaction of the people.
- While as a District Collector in Madurai, he discovered a mining scam, which had led to the loss of about 16,000 crores to the government exchequer. He investigated it and submitted a report to the government. When the report became public, he was immediately transferred out of Madurai.
- As justice would have its day, in 2014, the Honourable Madras High court appointed him as commissioner to enquire into the multi-crore granite scam in the Madurai region. He had conducted the inquiry amidst the threat for his life from politicians and the business mafia. He submitted the findings to the court, whose verdict is pending.
- Presently in 2020, he is serving as Vice Chairman, Science City in Chennai.
- He is also guiding and mentoring the youth of Tamil Nadu towards the creation of a new order based on justice and fairness in every sphere of life.
- He is a great orator and motivator. He remains an icon of inspiration to many students and Civil Service Aspirants.