Nalini Netto New Chief Secretary
Replaces Chief Secretary M Vijayanand while Additional Chief Secretary Sheela Thomas also retires | By Yentha
On Mar 30, 2017

Trivandrum: Nalini Netto has been appointed Kerala's new Chief Secretary by the State Cabinet. A 1981 batch IAS officer, Nalini Netto, would takeover from outgoing S M Vijayanand on March 31.

Nalini Netto will take charge as the 42nd Chief Secretary of Kerala. She was the first woman to hold the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) which she served as the CEO for 11 years. In her career, Nalini Netto has held key posts including the State Tourism Secretary, Irrigation Secretary and District Collector of the city. However, the IAS officer has only a short tenure as she is due to retire in August this year.

As Additional Chief Secretary, Netto has been holding charge of Home and Vigilance, besides functioning as Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Additional Chief Secretary V S Senthil (Planning) will take over as Secretary to the Chief Minister and Additional Chief Secretary (Public Works) Subrata Biswas will take charge of Home and Vigilance once Ms. Netto assumes office as Chief Secretary.
The Cabinet also appointed Asha Thomas as Principal Secretary in charge of Public Works. She would also continue to hold charge as Managing Director of Kerala Roads and Bridges Corporation. Fisheries Principal Secretary James Varghese will hold additional charge of Environment and Principal Secretary (Personnel and Administrative Reforms), Satyajith Rajan would hold additional charge of General Administration, replacing Additional Chief Secretary Sheela Thomas, who also retires along with Vijayanand. 

The Cabinet also decided to appoint Haritha V Kumar, secretary, Kochi Corporation, as the Director of Panchayats and appoint P Balakiran, Director of Panchayats, as the new Tourism Director. 1986 batch IAS officers P H Kurian (Principal Secretary, Revenue) and James Varghese (Principal Secretary, Fisheries) were appointed as Additional Chief Secretaries.

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