Santhi Kumari IAS Biography, Wikipedia, Age, Net Worth, Husband, Family, Parents

Senior IAS officer A Santi Kumari has been appointed as the Chief Secretary of Telangana following the relocation of the preceding officer Somesh Kumar, to Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

The officer is on her way to take charge – confirmed the CS office.

Somesh Kumar who was appointed as the chief secretary on December 31, 2019, had earlier approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) during the period of Andhra-Telangana bifurcation and asked for his cadre allocation to AP stayed.

However, the Union government, which had made the allocation of cadre, appealed to the Telangana High Court to strike down the CAT order.

A bench headed by chief justice Ujjal Bhuyan allowed the appeal of the Centre and struck down the CAT order. After multiple hearings, the court announced its verdict directing Somesh Kumar to move to AP.

The High Court has reportedly refused to stay the order to enable Somesh Kumar to appeal in the Supreme Court.

Santhi Kumari IAS Biography

A 1989 batch officer, A Shanti Kumari (born 1965), hails from Andhra Pradesh and is the first woman to be Chief Secretary of Telangana.

Santhi Kumari IAS Education

A post-graduate in Marine Biology, she pursued an MBA in the US and worked in the United Nations programmes for two years.

Santhi Kumari IAS Career

Santhi Kumari IAS is an IAS officer with over three decades of extensive experience in a wide range of areas viz Poverty Alleviation, Inclusive Development, Education & Health, Skill Development, and Forestry sector. She served the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for two years overseeing financial inclusion.

Santhi Kumari worked as district collector of Adilabad, Commissioner of BC welfare commissioner in the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh. Later, she worked in the Chief Minister’s Office for four years as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, besides serving as a Special officer in Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System (TS iPASS). She was secretary of Medical and Health department too but transfered during the pandemic.

Prior to her appointment as CS of Telangana, she served as the Special Chief Secretary for Environment and Forests department.

Santhi Kumari IAS Personal Life

According to the IAS officers, Santhi Kumar is a versatile, approachable, humble, and humane administrator. She is being seen as an officer who will balance and move forward in that manner.

What Happened Earlier

Somesh Kumar, an IAS from the 1989 batch in Bihar was allotted to the AP cadre when he was appointed to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). However, after the bifurcation between the two states, the Centre took up the division of officers too.

Some officers of the All India Services approached the CAT seeking to continue in Telangana in this process.

The Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao appointed Kumar as the chief secretary considering his length of service before attaining the age superannuation so that there would be continuity in administration for at least three years in the role of chief secretary.

Somesh Kumar also initially held the additional charge of the principal secretaries of revenue, commercial Taxes, and chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA).

However, after the HC’s verdict, he will now have to be relieved immediately and report for his duty in AP.

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