THAT’S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING – CV ANAND
Cyberabad Police Commissioner | Talented Sports Man | President’s Gallantry Award
Anand was born to a middle class family. His father is an idealist and believes in hard work. “We don’t attach the caste name as a suffix to our names. It’s because of our father. My mother is not well schooled but she always let me do what I wanted to do in life, rarely visible in a traditional Indian family,” shares Anand, who was born and brought up in Hyderabad.
Whatever game he picked up, he would do well. “I used to do five events in athletics in school. My primary game was cricket even though I was on the basketball team, football team etc. I represented India for U-19 cricket team that toured England,” recalls Anand but this never came as an obstacle for his studies. From a very young age, he understood the value of time, which availed him to handle multiple tasks.
Had no dream to become an IPS Officer
Mr. Anand never had a childhood ambition to become an IPS officer. One of his seniors in his school cleared the civil service examination and joined Indian Administrative Services. Till that point of time, Anand was planning to appear for CAT exam. “I was a better student than my senior and thought to myself “If he can do it, I can try too.” I had consulted few qualified people and studied hard,” shares Anand, who cleared Indian Police Service at the very young age of 22 in his very first attempt with All India 77 Civil Rank. “The only mystery to crack this exam is to focus and speak on the key issue rather than dump everything you know,” says Anand.
Leadership is all about coaching
“Each individual doesn’t hold the same capabilities in your team. Some might make things happen on their own, but some needs coaching. But you need to accommodate them in your team and groom them. I believe this is the core essence of the leadership. And also these teams keep your feet absolutely grounded,” says Anand, who leads more than 7000 police men and women in Cyberabad Zone.
Focus on key issues
As a commissioner of Cyberabad, he can’t allocate his time on every issue. So he sets up a list of central issues and handles them according to the precedence. And he activates and reactivates every division under him to solve these issues. This aids him to detect brilliant cases like Krushi Bank. He takes feedback from the respective division officers every day. But at the same time he would look after his family. Maybe it would be his gifted talent of multi tasking. He is most efficient when he is engaged.
In 2005, Mr. Anand investigated the Krushi Bank scam and lead the team of four people that flew to Bangkok to extradite the bank chief. He pursued the matter with the Thai Government, External Affairs and Interpol and finally managed to extradite the bank chief. This particular case gave him an immense gratification and it’s unbelievable. Not only that, he produced a noteworthy change in the traffic division in Hyderabad City. He implemented bus bays, drunk driving enforcement, etc. which not only made a remarkable change in the city, but also changed the peoples lifestyles.
Your reputation will go faster than you.
“This profession has lots of power. Let’s take traffic. We clear lot of NOC for commercial establishments. People who wants to bribe me never come directly. They try different strategies, but the message is very clear to them that it would be approved based on the facts and facts only.”
“Sometimes my subordinates make mistakes. But they have their own chances. I will get the proper information. Only if it is retold, then I demand to call for right action. Every step you take and every action you make in this service accepts a great deal of wallop on the citizenry, ” says Anand, who reduced a great deal of corruption in his team.
About Chama Milind
Chama Milind, son of Mr. Anand, is an Indian National Cricketer. He is a Left-handed batsman and Left-arm Medium bowler. His major teams include India U 19 and Sun Rises Hyderabad. “It’s his burning passion towards cricket. We both would spend at least one hour every day to discuss about sport, his opinions and watch videos. By the way I never forced him to play cricket. It’s his dream to play for India. And you will see him soon,” recounts Anand, who still plays league cricket.
Safety of Women
“You have to first secure yourself. The system will do everything possible. Despite that if you are not alert, then anything might occur. Think twice before going into an auto or cab, please be alert and look out your surroundings. As Sania Mirza said in one of our short films “All our women have a sixth sense and we can smell danger. Let’s make sure we don’t lose it. Be mindful, be safe and get a caution.”,”says Anand.
Message to Civil Aspirants
“Before even thinking of writing the civil service exam, ask yourself, “Will I serve the people?”. Because you require a good deal of sacrifice in this service and your life partner should also understand. But if you are in a mood to make a lot of money, forget about civil service. It’s not wrong to hold an intention to make money, but this platform is not a good place. Many options outside which would aid you to earn more money, status, and so on. But if you try to make money through this job you disgrace yourself and failing to be a corrupt officer,” says Anand.
That’s what keeps me going
“When I was working in Naxal prone district Nizamabad, I survived three or four attacks. I don’t know how to do anything at a mediocre level. I got tough and playing with my life. You don’t know when you will die. This was the closest I’ve been to facing death. I couldn’t quit this job because I have a family to survive. After few years I saw the impact of this service. Comments from the people that they are feeling safe and secure brings me happiness and that keeps me going in this profession. There are plenty of sleepless nights but it’s worth going. Every day this job gives me a new challenge which keeps me active.” recounts Anand.
“201 not out” by Hemanth Boddepalli (Interviewer)
All of his friends who played in under 19 with him, stopped playing cricket in the later part of life. But last year Mr. Anand scored double hundred in one of the leagues, under hot sun and not out. This demonstrates the level of passion he has towards the sport. By the way his age is forty five. He shaped his character through the number of games he played which availed him to handle multi tasks.There is a great deal of learning happened to me in one hour. He has a priority list of issues targeted this year and most of them were completed. And also he mentioned “Integrity is doing the right thing. Without it, no real success is possible”. One thing I cannot forget is pleasant smile on his face. I would wish to thank Anand Sir for giving me this opportunity.