Ronald Rose, Collector of Mehbubnagar, is a man with a vision. At a time where there is increasing concern over the pesticide residue in agricultural produce, Ronald is striving hard to promote organic farming. He’s also working on implementing a drinking water scheme in parched villages and promoting digital learning in schools.
“I am doing my bit to bring a positive impact. I believe it is very important to have people’s participation on this quest for development. They need to be empowered and that’s true development.”
Ronald has introduced organic farming in the district. “We have started organic farming (implementing non-pesticidal management) in the district for the coming Rabi season too, and have targeted 5,000 acres this year. We have identified around 100 agricultural officers and have allocated 50 acres to each one of them. These officers have been given training in organic farming and they shall in turn help the farmers. We have tied up with United Nations Development Programme for marketing the organic produce.”
The IAS officer, from the 2006 batch, has also provided employment for differently-abled people in the district. “We trained around 14 differently-abled about solar mini-lights. They purchase their own raw materials, manufacture and sell their own products in the markets and at exhibitions. Once people are impressed with the products, they place bulk orders. So they are now self-sufficient. We are planning to make the products available on Amazon.”
Interestingly, Ronald’s earlier assignments as Central Zonal Commiss-ioner in GHMC, Collector for Medak and Nizamabad districts changed his approach. “Working in the remote areas of Andhra Pradesh for the welfare of the tribals made me understand people’s problems at the grassroots-level. My approach towards their problems has changed.”
I have been seeing the bottlenecks as opportunities to improve and get a better insight over various government schemes and welfare programmes. But these challenges will help me get closer to the people.”
His way of spreading religious harmony among the people is heartening. This was evident when he celebrated Sankranthi festival in a typical Telugu style (sporting a dhoti) during his stint as Nizamabad Collector. “I strongly believe in national integration and it can be achieved only if people are integrated and united. It is imperative that these festivals are celebrated with great fervour as they not only uphold our culture but also spread peace.” Talking about his family, Ronald says, “My wife works a Director for Telangana Postal Department and whenever I get time, I like spending it with family. I like to play with my daughter. My hobbies include reading books and gardening,” says the Tamil Nadu-born officer. He adds, “I also like trying out adventure and outdoor sports. I guess it liberates your personality and sheds inhibitions.”