Chennai, Dec 22: Dr Girija Vaidyanathan, Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Land Administration has been appointed as new Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu state. She replaced the incumbent Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, who was sacked as an aftermath of income tax raids at his residences and offices.
She replaced the incumbent Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, who was sacked as an aftermath of income tax raids at his residences and offices.
“Dr Girija Vaidyanathan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Land Administration is transferred and posted as Chief Secretary to Government,” an order issued by Shiv Das Meena, Principal Secretary to the Tamil Nadu Government said.
Rao was handpicked by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. He superseded as many as 17 IAS officers to be appointed to the top post, but the income tax raids exposed his misdeeds and involvement in corruption. The IT raids made significant seizures from his residence and his kin – Rs 30 lakh cash and five kg of gold.
As many as 13 premises belonging to the chief secretary, his son and relatives in Nellore and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka were searched leading to more seizure of cash and gold across south India.
Vaidyanathan, a 1981-batch IAS officer, is currently the Commissioner of Land Administration in the rank of additional chief secretary. She has earlier served as the Health Secretary from 2011-2012 during the tenure of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Vaidyanathan has held numerous positions overseeing departments in health, education, agriculture, transportation and state planning. She completed graduate studies in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
During her tenure as Mission Director of the State Health Society, Tamil Nadu received the award for the best performance among the Non-EAG states. Girija Vaidyanathan has been involved in the implementation of various programmes in the health sector, with the specific focus on improvement of maternal and child health and strengthening of the public health system in the state.