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MAHARASHTRA MAY SOON HAVE ITS FIRST WOMAN CHIEF SECRETARY

chief-sec-4MAHARASHTRA MAY SOON HAVE ITS FIRST WOMAN CHIEF SECRETARY In a first for the state, its top bureaucrat is likely to be a woman. Senior IAS officer Chandra Iyengar is slated to take over as chief secretary from Johny Joseph after his extended term ends on November 30. However, a formal announcement will be made after November 25. Chief minister Ashok Chavan has already given his consent for Senior IAS officer Chandra Iyengar’s elevation to the post, highly placed sources in Mantralaya said. Iyengar is currently posted as additional chief secretary in the home ministry. Maharashtra, which is celebrating the golden jubilee of its creation this year, has had a good crop of woman bureaucrats, but none went on to become the chief secretary or the commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation despite having ambition and ability. Known for her dynamism and independent thinking, the 1973 batch IAS lady officer does not always like to say “yes boss”. She is credited with drafting the comprehensive women bill in early 1993-94 which became the model for the Indian parliament in 1996. She played the crucial role in drawing the women policy when Sharad Pawar was the chief minister.

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