Idukki to have first ‘native collector’; Jeevan Babu’s family super excited
Thodupuzha: People of Idukki are happy to have a native collector in their district. When the cabinet meet decided to appoint Thodupuzha Manakkad Nellikkavu native K Jeevan Babu as Idukki collector, he also became the first native collector to be appointed here. He will be replacing the incumbent collector G. R. Gokul who is going abroad for higher studies.
Jeevan Babu belongs to the 2011 IAS batch and has also served as the Thrissur Assistant Collector, Kanhangad Sub-Collector, Excise Assistant Commissioner, Survey Director, Beverages Corporation MD, Cashew Development Corporation MD, Election Deputy Commissioner and Kasaragod District Collector.
Jeevan Babu was widely appreciated after conducting the people contact programme named ‘Janasamaksham’ while he was Kasaragod collector. Also the entrepreneurship programmes and welfare programmes for endosulphan victims he conducted were popular. He was transferred to his native place during the works of a small scale airport in Periya of Kasaragod.
Jeevan Babu was a civil service aspirant from a very early age. He entered Indian Revenue Service in 2009 in first attempt and then served as IPS officer in West Bengal in 2010. During service, he attempted for civil service again and fulfilled his dream of IAS securing a better rank.
His father P. Kuttappan, a retired Tahsildar, mother K. G. Syamala, a retired fair copy section superintendent, and sister K. Devapriya, a school teacher, also are pleased to have Jeevan on duty in the native place. They have never stayed with Jeevan in his official residence. They are happy that they would be able to stay with him this time.
K. Jeevan Babu said that each district is different which is why they require different planning to implement projects. ‘I have a lot of dreams. They should be fulfilled. First I have to reach Idukki to think about what should be done here. I hope everyone will cooperate with me,’ he added.