Ms Anshu Sinha, a 1999 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, will be the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Mumbai-based Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC), an organization that came into the news recently for replacing the photo of Mahatma Gandhi with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its annual calendar, which led into some protests inside and outside the Commission. The government last week appointed Ms Sinha, a joint secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting ministry as the CEO till January 29, 2019 replacing Arun Kumar Jha, a 1985 batch Indian Economic Service officer. Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Ms Sinha knows…Hindi, English and Marathi. An M.Sc in botany, she has undertaken two short trainings abroad — on ethics and governance in the USA and on leadership and strategic thinking in Britain.
Before woking as a joint secretary in the ministry of information and broadcasting, she held a number of important posts, both at the Centre and the state. For example, she was additional collector in Nagpur, additional tribal commissioner and Bhandara district’s collector. At the Centre, she served as secretary and director (vigilance) at the department of personnel and training (DoPT). According to news reports available on this IAS, she has interests in areas such as public distribution system, education, health and vigilance.
Married to a fellow IAS officer of the same batch Atul N Patne, the couple has two children —Akshat and Arushi.
KVIC is a statutory body set up under Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1995 that comes under the administrative control of the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises.