Ms Girija Vaidyanathan, a 1981 batch IAS officer, was on Thursday appointed as the new chief secretary of Tamil Nadu in place of P Rama Mohana Rao on whose residence and office Income-Tax sleuths had raided yesterday and reportedly seized Rs 30 lakh in cash and five kilograms of gold. Rao, a 1985 batch IAS, was handpicked by the then chief minister J Jayalalithaa in June this year to head Tamil Nadu bureaucracy. In that process Rao superseded a number of his seniors including Ms Vaidyanathan, his four-batch senior in IAS. Ms Vaidyanathan is currently…an additional chief secretary and commissioner of land administration. According to an order issued today, she will also hold the additional charge of the posts of vigilance commissioner and commissioner for administrative reforms, the two posts handled additionally by Rao.
A post-graduate in physics before getting into IAS, Ms Vaidyanathan hails from Tamil Nadu itself, and was allotted the Tamil Nadi cadre.
Like Rao, Ms Vaidyanathan too has not worked at the Centre on deputation ever. In the state, she has handled many assignments in the ministries such as power, infrastructure development, personnel, health, school education, environment and forests etc. She also served as a Member of the state planning commission.
As a part of her mid-career training programmes, she studied financial management, administrative environment, administrative law, quantitative methods and operational research etc.
In 2010, she also undertook two short training programmes in USA — one on leadership for 21st century and the other on mastering negotiations: building agreement across boundaries.
Ms Vaidyanathan will retire from service in July 2019.