Published On: Fri, Jun 26th, 2020

Punjab chief secretary shunted, Vini Mahajan becomes first woman to hold top job in state

Weeks after a showdown with two Punjab ministers, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh was on Friday replaced by Vini Mahajan, who becomes the first woman to head the bureaucracy in the state.

Vini Mahajan today taking over as Chief Secretary of Punjab.

The Indian Administrative Services officer was shunted out just ahead of his retirement next month, the move following protests by two Punjab ministers over his behaviour at a meeting.

While Vini Mahajan, a 1987-batch IAS officer, is now the top bureaucrat in Punjab, her husband Dinkar Gupta heads the state police force as Director General of Police.

Her father, B B Mahajan, was also an IAS officer of the Punjab cadre. Topper of the 1957 batch and known to be a man of integrity, he held important positions, including FCR in Punjab, before retiring as Secretary Food, Government of India.

Vini’s last posting was as Additional Chief Secretary, Investment Promotion, Industries & Commerce, IT and Governance Reforms and Public Grievances, said a government statement. She also headed the state’s Health Sector Response & Procurement Committee.

Mahajan is currently the only Punjab cadre officer in the state empanelled to hold a Secretary’s post at the Centre.


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