IAS hope brightens for youth with thalassemia

Chandigarh, Jun 21 (PTI) His thalassemia status almost jeopardising his childhood dream, Sukhsohit Singh may finally hope of joining the civil services as help has started pouring in from all quarters.

The 25-year-old, who suffers from thalassemia major (a rare genetic disease), was earlier declared unfit by the medical board at Delhi''s Safdarjung hospital to join the civil services.

Singh had cracked the civil services examination with an all India rank of 42, in UPSC''s Civil Services (Main) Examination-2008 second merit list.

The Panchkula resident, who was earlier contemplating moving the Supreme Court to realise his ambition, now says that developments within the past week have made him hopeful of achieving his dream.

"I have had a personal meeting with Union Minister of State for Health, Dinesh Trivedi in Delhi. He has been sympathetic and offered help after going through my case and this definitely raises a new hope for me," Singh told PTI over phone.

Singh said he would soon meet Information Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni in this regard.

"Ambikaji has earlier said the whole case needs to be dealt with a humanistic touch. She had also written a letter to the PMO with regards to my case. The PMO has forwarded the letter to Union Minister for Personnel and Training, Narayan Swamy and the matter is now pending before him," he said.

"I am very happy that everybody from Union ministers to the media to common people are supporting me and many more like me who may be faced with a similar situation tomorrow." (More) PTI SUN

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