Sujata Saunik

Senior IAS officer Sujata Saunik made history on June 30 by becoming Maharashtra’s first female Chief Secretary. Saunik, a 1987 IAS batch member, was appointed by the MahaYuti government following Nitin Kareer‘s retirement. She will serve a one-year tenure before retiring in June next year. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis unanimously appointed her, signaling support for women voters ahead of the Assembly elections and aligning with the government’s Fourth Women Policy. Saunik previously held the position of Additional Chief Secretary in the Home Department and has extensive experience in public health and general administration.

In a similar development, Manoj Kumar Singh, a 1988-batch IAS officer, has been appointed the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh after Durga Shanker Mishra’s term ended. Known for his management skills and as a trusted official of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Singh is expected to retain additional responsibilities in his new role.

Meanwhile, Manoj Ahuja has taken charge as the Chief Secretary of Odisha, succeeding Pradeep Kumar Jena. Ahuja, who was previously on central deputation as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has an impressive academic background and extensive administrative experience.

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