Snehlata Shrivastava, a 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, on Wednesday (Nov 29) got the new responsibility of being the Lok Sabha’s Secretary General. She has become the first woman to earn the position.

V.S Rama Devi was the first woman secretary general of the Rajya Sabha

Her appointment was made by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, an official release said. Anoop Mishra was holding the position till now and is retiring from his tenure on November 30. Shrivastava is replacing him and will take charge from December 1, a notification issued by the secretariat of the Lower House said.

Shrivastava was holding the position of Secretary (Justice) in the law ministry till recently

Before taking up the Secretary (Justice) role, she worked as a joint secretary in the same department. She has also served in the finance ministry. She has earlier held several senior positions in the Madhya Pradesh government as well as at the Centre, including as Principal Secretary in the ministries of Culture and Parliamentary Affairs.

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The senior civil servant has 35 years of administrative experience. She also is a part of the Board of Directors of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Congratulations are pouring in:

Shrivastava’s immediate appointment came before the winter session of Parliament, which will commence on December 15.

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