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IAS Keshni Anand Arora becomes third sister to be Haryana Chief Secretary

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Chandigarh, June 30, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, an IAS Officer of 1983 batch of Haryana Cadre, is the new Chief Secretary of Haryana. She assumed charge of Chief Secretary today.

It is worth mentioning that her father, Professor J.C. Anand has remained Professor of Panjab University Chandigarh and both her elder sisters have also served as Chief Secretaries of Haryana.

Mrs. Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary, IAS (Retd.) was of 1969 batch and Mrs. Urvashi Gulati, IAS (Retd.) of 1975 batch. While Mrs. Chaudhary remained Chief Secretary of Haryana from November 8, 2005 to April 30, 2006, Mrs. Gulati remained 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 viz. Haryana Financial Corporation, Haryana Tourism Corporation and HARTRON.

As Managing Director, HARTRON, she conceptualized and finalized the detailed project for Haryana SWAN under NeGP. Haryana was first state to implement SWAN in India under NeGP.

Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora also worked 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 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 has been 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 Northern region. She had contributed significantly in implementing Aadhar based DBT in MGNREGA, various scholarshipsandsocial welfare pensions and other DBT schemes. The State could save crores of rupees due to Aadhar based de-duplicationof beneficiaries.

Mrs. Keshni Anand 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 in 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 to Govt. Haryana, 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 alongwith a few other states.

As Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner to Govt. Haryana, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora 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 cloud based Web-HALRIS in the State.

The implementation of these e-Governance initiatives and close monitoring helped the State in 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 per cent) and highest in the history of Haryana.

The component based Web-HALRIS has been awarded BW Businessworld Digital India Award-2019 on June 28, 2019 at New Delhi. She has been credited with other important projects viz. Modern Revenue Records Rooms (MRRR) in all districts and at State headquarter, large scale mapping of entire Haryana covering all areas (rural, urban, controlled areas and abadi-deh) using drone imaging, rovers and CORS Network as a first State of India and Government Land Portal and Assets Management Cell at State headquarter as well as at districts for computerized inventory of Government lands and properties were established.

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