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The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday appointed senior bureaucrat and IAS officer Dr Girija Vaidyanathan as the new chief secretary.

She will replace P Rama Mohana Rao, whose residence and office premises were raided by Income Tax officials over allegations of corruption.

 who is Girija Vaidyanathan?

  1. She will be the 45th Chief Secretary of the State. A PhD holder from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, Girija Vaidyanathan is 1981 batch IAS officer. She started her career as a Sub-Collector in 1983 and is currently the Commissioner of Land Administration.
  2. Girija is the fourth woman to become chief secretary of the State after Lakshmi Pranesh, S Malathi and Sheela Balakrishnan.
  3. Girija, daughter of S Venkitaramanan, a former Reserve Bank of India Governor from 1990 to 1992.
  1. Girija had served on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India during 1995-97. She was awarded the British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship in Leadership and Excellence 1999 at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  1. Beginning her career as sub collector in Tiruvallur in 1983-84. She was the principal secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department in the Government of Tamil Nadu, Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) and has also worked in health, nutrition, education departments, State Planning Commission, civil supplies, personnel and general administration, industries, finance, environment and forests, planning and programme implementation, urban development, power and land development and revenue management over her 34 year long career.
  2. She was the brain behind public health and education projects during Jayalalithaa’s first regime.

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