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Talented youth quit overseas job to join PMRDF

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jamshedpur, June 15, 2014
First Published: 14:58 IST(15/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:08 IST(15/6/2014)

The young and talented youth from the state are quitting high profile jobs overseas to work for their own people. Latest being Nitisha Besra, daughter of Jharkhand leader and writer of santhali version of Geetanjali Suraj Singh Besra, and Gorakhpur’s (UP) Suraj Kumar Singh.

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Both joined Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) for East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand here on Saturday after junking away careers in France and Canada.

While Nitisha left her job as an oil field engineer in French company Sphlum Berger with a salary of `18 lakh after just one and half years, Suraj Singh came back to India leaving his research job in applied mathematics in Canada.

“Money-wise and prospect-wise, my job in France was lucrative but money is not all in life, satisfaction is more crucial. I was always keen on rural development sector and public service in Jharkhand. PMRDF would give me the opportunity to do something meaningful for common people, my own people,” said Nitisha, a B-Tech graduate from IIT Kanpur.

“She is mature and I am happy she has chosen to work among her own people. I will be cooperate and assist her as much as possible,” a proud Suraj Singh Besra said.

Both will be drawing a monthly salary of `65, 000 as PMRDFs and will join Rajeev Ranjan, who has been working year for last two years, along with Jammu-Kashmir’s Tariq Wani. The district is entitled to three PMRDFs and Wani is leaving for his parent state shortly.

“I wanted to come back to India and work among my own people. IAS, IPS, IFS and other such government jobs too has this scope of working among people and I am open to UPSC two years down the line. But these two years of on-field experience will equip me better,” said Suraj Singh, an alumni IIT-Kanpur.


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