The first woman chief secretary of Telangana state Santi Kumari assumed the charge recently. She is a high calibre administrator. A low profiled officer always stands on truth and dares to face any crisis joined the KCR’s government.

A Santhi Kumari, the first woman to hold the position, assumes control as the state gets set for elections. She previously worked as the principal secretary for CMO and for the UNDP for two years.

A. Santhi Kumari was appointed chief secretary of state by the Telangana government on Wednesday. She is the first woman to hold the position in Telangana since the state’s 2014 bifurcation. Kumari, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from the 1989 class, has primarily worked in the former Andhra Pradesh.

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“I am grateful that the Chief Minister trusted me enough to give me the position of Chief Secretary of Telangana. I will work toward the state’s development as a result of the confidence you have shown in me, Kumari tweeted from the Telangana Government’s official account.

The position of Somesh Kumar expires in December 2023. As Telangana prepares for elections this year, violence and escalating tensions between the state’s ruling party, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are taking place.

She maintains a very low profile and is quiet and collected, which is extremely different from her predecessor. She is calm and soft-spoken, a former official who previously worked with Kumari told ThePrint under the condition of anonymity.

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Prior to being fired in the middle of 2020 when the state came under fire for “mishandling” the Covid problem, Kumari, a Telugu native, also served as special chief secretary of the state’s department of health and family welfare.

During the pandemic, the state dealt with a number of issues, including government doctors leaving hospitals in protest, errors in death toll reporting, a backlog of complaints about bed shortages in both private and public hospitals, and regular criticism from the Telangana High Court for low testing and a lack of testing facilities.

She has also worked as the principal secretary for the Chief Minister’s Office from 2015 to 2018 and for the UNDP for two years, among other positions.

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She also served as Collector for the Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh and the Medak district, which is currently in Telangana.

She is capable and effective. On the condition of anonymity, another bureaucrat who worked in Telangana told ThePrint that she was “very accessible to her colleagues and those working under her.”

In 2021, Kumari and a few other Indian Forest Service officers were sentenced to six months in prison for violating a court order regarding a forest land dispute. The offence was for contempt of court. However, the order was overturned after the police appealed. #hydnews #khabarlive #hydlive