When Rita Menon, her batch-mate in IAS, retired last month, there were intense speculations in the corridors that Ms Dhingra would replace her. But to everyone’s surprise, PK Chaudhary, secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), was given additional charge of textile for a period of three months.
But only a fortnight later, the government changed its mind and made current Panchayati Raj secretary Dhingra as textile secretary. Whereas most of 1975 batch IAS officers have either retired or are retiring in next few months, Ms Dhingra will continue in office till January 2013, thus giving her one full-year term in the ministry.
A post-graduate in English literature, Ms Dhingra was deputy secretary and then director in human resource development ministry during 1987-1992, and in between she had a stint as OSD to transport minister in 1990-91. She had also worked as Director General (Shipping) and chief secretary of Goa.
Action and Appointments
a) Ms Loretta Mary Vas, a 1977 batch UP cadre IAS and special secretary in the department of economic affairs, has been secretary in the ministry of Panchayati Raj in place of Kiran Dhingra.
b) Dilsher Singh Katha, a 1977 Punjab cadre IAS, presently in the cadre, has been appointed as secretary in the department of pharmaceuticals.