The old passeth and a new order cometh in Haryana, the State where the action is. Senior bureaucrat Keshni Anand Arora, IAS, took over as Chief Secretary following the retirement of D.S.Dhesi.
Mrs.Arora belongs to the 1983 batch of Haryana Cadre.
It must be mentioned that her father, J.C. Anand was Professor at Panjab University Chandigarh and both her elder sisters, also bureaucrats, also served as Chief Secretaries of Haryana.
Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary, IAS (Retd.) was of 1969 batch while Urvashi Gulati, IAS (Retd.) was of 1975 batch. While Mrs. Chaudhary remained Chief Secretary from November 8, 2005 to April 30, 2006, Mrs. Gulati served as Chief Secretary from October 31, 2009 to March 31, 2012.
Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora is the topper of the batch, besides being a topper in M.A. (Political Science) and M. Phil. She is M.B.A from University of Western Sydney, Australia.
She was appointed the first lady Deputy Commissioner of Haryana since the formation of the State of Haryana and she served as Deputy Commissioner of Yamunanagar from April 16, 1990 to July 1, 1991.
She played an important role in implementation of adult literacy by voluntary organizations in the district and in handling law and order situation during Mandal Commission.
She has served as Special Secretary, Industries and Home Departments, Director of Information Technology; Director, Food and Supplies; Director, Rural Development; Director, Supplies and Disposals and Institutional Finance and Credit Control etc. as well as Managing Director of many prestigious Corporations namely Haryana Financial Corporation, Haryana Tourism Corporation and HARTRON. As Managing Director, HARTRON, she conceptualized and finalized the detailed project for Haryana SWAN and Haryana was the first state to implement SWAN in India.
She also served as Principal Secretary to Government of Haryana, Tourism and Housing, Forests and Wild Life Departments, Transport and Civil Aviation Departments. As Principal Secretary Tourism, she introduced an online system for reservation of Haryana Tourism rooms and facilities with online payment gateway, which was replicated by other States/Central Government Organizations.
She also worked as Deputy Director General, UIDAI, Regional Office, Chandigarh with Government of India, wherein she was instrumental in implementing Aadhar and Aadhar applications in the States of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh (U.T.), Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, especially pilots of MGNREGA, Aadhar at birth and linkage of Aadhar with LPG. She was instrumental in speeding up Aadhar enrolments and Aadhar seeding in beneficiaries databases in the Northern region.
Mrs. Arora also worked as Additional Chief Secretary to Government Haryana, School Education Department, Chairperson, Board of School Education, Haryana, Bhiwani and Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation (HARTRON). She was directly associated with preparing the online Teachers Transfer Policy for school teachers. This was implemented as first of its kind initiative in the country and many States/Central Organizations replicated this initiative.
She also worked as Additional Chief Secretary, Electronics and I.T. Department. She streamlined the implementation of e-District project Haryana, which was ranked as No.1 by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India along with a few other states.
As Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, she conceptualized and implemented many innovative e-Governance projects like First-in-First out in e-Registration, mandatory e-Stamping, online PAN verification, NOC under section 7-A of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975 for deed registration and so on. The implementation of these e-Governance initiatives and close monitoring helped the State in the collection of Rs. 5679.45 crores as registration fee and stamp duty in the year 2018-19, which is Rs. 1414.27 crore higher than 2017-18 (more than 33 percent) and highest in the history of Haryana.