From snowy mountains of Jammu and Kashmir to the congested roads of Ludhiana, 19 young IAS trainees are on a mission to know about different cultures of the country.
On a tour called 'Bharat Darshan', which is compulsory for getting their cadres, is conducted to provide a first-hand experience of various states to these IAS trainees.
The group, which started their journey from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, first visited Jammu and Kashmir and their last station would be Lakshdweep.
One of the trainees from New Delhi, Rahul Singh said, “Our journey started from the hilly area of Rajouri district in Jammu region where we were attached with an army unit. We saw the line of control (LoC) very closely and learnt how the army protected the country.”
The group comprises trainees from different corners of the country, especially South India, came to Ludhiana on January 5 and visited industrial units, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) as well as Verka Milk Plant.
Monisha Banerjee from West Bengal said Ludhiana was congested and heavy traffic was witnessed throughout the day. “I knew that Ludhiana, being an industrial city, would be congested but I did not expect that it would be this congested,” said Monisha.
“We witnessed the procurement, distribution and other facilities at the Verka Milk Plant as it is a co-operative society. We also visited manufacturing unit of Hero Cycle to witness the procedure of how cycles are manufactured and understand the basic things in the process,” said another trainee, IAS Sonia Meena from Rajasthan.
The group would visit seven states and one union territory (Chandigarh) during their tour.
Mullai Muhilan from Tamil Nadu said all cultures become one when IAS trainees come together at the academy at Mussoorie. “No one knows where they would go as an officer - it could be any state of the country - so we have to learn about as many states as we can,” added Muhilan.
The trainees would meet President of India at the end of the tour and thereafter be posted in the state allotted to them.