face a lot of challenges in enforcing law. Only recently, she was given additional charge of Bihar rural livelihood project in addition to her current assignment as additional secretary, general administration and director of centre for good governance society.
It was during 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Preyashi as the returning officer of Siwan district of Bihar, demonstrated her administrative skill and conducted a largely peaceful poll. It was the same Siwan district where as many as 171 electronic voting machines were broken in large-scale poll violence and rigging during 2004 elections.
She reportedly carried four cell phones to constantly get in touch with her officials. She instilled fear among the local goons and mapped the vulnerable areas of the district so as to correctly deploy the forces. And finally, a peaceful poll could be a reality there.
A product of St Stephens College, Preyashi is an MA and MPhil in English literature.
Apart from Siwan, she worked as collector of Bhagalpur and Gaya, and also served in the state industries ministry.
In Siwan, many called her “sir” rather than “madam”. “This chair (the DM's) is asexual. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman. Everyone here calls me Sir," Preyashi was quoted as saying in an April 2009 article in the news site rediff.com.