Mr U. Sagayam IAS is a recognised Bureaucrat in India known for his absolute integrity and his severe stand against corruption in public life.
Mr U. Sagayam was born in a agricultural family in Perunchunai village, near Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu. He completed his school education in Tamil medium and cleared TNPSC, Group-1 exam and joined as a Deputy Collector. He was conferred IAS in 2001 batch.
In his 28 years of carrier, he had been transferred more than 25 times. His office is always decorated with the slogan “ Lanjam thavirthu, Nenjam nimirthu “ ( Reject bribe and hold your Head high ).
Some of the remarkable achievements include,
In 2000, he was the Additional District Magistrate in Kanchipuram. He received complains about presence of dirt in the Pepsi bottles. when he verified it to be true, he took the bold decision and sealed the bottling plant.
In 2004, he was the deputy commissioner of Civil Supplies in Chennai. He came to know that 1000s of subsided gas cylinders were used for commercial purpose in hotels. He seized about 5000 cylinders in a day to create a deterrence among the wrong doers.
When he was the district collector in Namakkal, he attempted to implement a law which was till then only in paper. He ordered that all the VAO’s (Village Administrative Officer) should necessarily stay in the villages of their postings. This created a problem as many VAO’s are staying far away from their place of postings leading to the neglect of public service. Finally, due to political pressure, he was transferred.
In 2009, he became the first IAS officer to voluntarily declare and disclose his assets in the official website.
In 2011, it was a open secret that free and fair elections cannot be held in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. This was due to the influence of then ruling party and vote for cash issues. This made the Election Commission to appoint a tough task master, Sagayam IAS as District Collector, to carry out the election process. He successfully completed the task to the satisfaction of the people.
While as a District Collector in Madurai, he discovered a mining scam, which had led to the loss of about 16,000 crores to the government exchequer. He investigated it and submitted a report to the government. When the report became public, he was immediately transferred out of Madurai.
As justice would have its day, in 2014, the Honourable Madras High court appointed him as commissioner to enquire into the multi crore granite scam in Madurai region. He had conducted the inquiry amidst the threat for his life from politicians and business mafia. He submitted the findings to the court, whose verdict is pending.
Presently in 2020, he is serving as Vice Chairman, Science City in Chennai.
He is also guiding and mentoring the youth of Tamil Nadu towards creation of a new order based on justice and fairness in every sphere of life.
He is a great orator and motivator. He remains an icon of inspiration to many students and Civil Service Aspirants.