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Issue:June' 2019


The achiever daughters of

V.P. Prabhakar

(From left) New Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora with her sisters Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary and Urvashi Gulati. Keshni Anand Arora, topper of the 1983 Haryana cadre batch, created history in two ways. She is the youngest of three real sisters and became the Haryana Chief Secretary the other day. Of her two elder sisters, Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary, a 1969-batch IAS officer, was the first woman Chief Secretary of Haryana. Later, her elder sister, Urvashi Gulati, a 1975-batch IAS officer, also occupied this coveted position.
Besides the three sisters, Haryana has also had two other women Chief Secretaries --- Promila Issar (August 31, 2007, to February 29, 2008) and Shakuntala Jakhu (July 31, 2014, to November 30, 2014). Haryana, therefore, has had five women Chief Secretaries, a record of sorts.

The three daughters of Prof JC Anand of Panjab University, Chandigarh, made their parents proud by reaching the position of the state’s Chief Secretary.

Keshni has succeeded 1982-batch officer D. S. Dhesi, who retired on June 30, 2019, after serving in the post for four and a half years. She will retire on September 30, 2020.

Born in Punjab in September 1960, Keshni had also remained the first women Deputy Commissioner in Yamunanagar from April 16, 1990, to July 1, 1991. She won an international-level best Award for Conservation and Preservation of Heritage and eight more awards. She got an MBA degree from Western Sydney University of Australia.

Meenakshi Anand Chaudhary said: “Our parents would have been the most delighted today after seeing that Keshni, too, has reached the top position in the Government of Haryana. Certainly, this is a moment of pride for all of us. This has come at a time when her daughter, Shruti, has joined the IPS.”

Meenakshi’s son, Maneesh Chaudhary, is an IPS officer and is at present posted as DIG (Security) in the Haryana police. Urvashi’s daughter, however, works in the corporate sector.

Urvashi Gulati said: “This is really an emotional moment for all of us. I wish our parents were alive today. She has lived up to their dreams, especially our mother.”

Keshni said: “I owe it to my mom and dad, my didis, family and, of course, seniors who have shown faith in me. I shall try to live up to the expectations of all.”

Keshni was Deputy DirectorGeneral, UIDAI, during her deputation to the Centre and headed the project in Punjab, Haryana, HP, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

Keshni declared: “Good governance and transparency in the system will be my top priority. I will focus on implementing flagship schemes of the central and state governments apart from working for inclusive growth.”

As Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Keshni conceptualised and implemented many innovative egovernance projects like registration of properties, mandatory e-stamping and online PAN verification. The implementation of the decision to charge Rs 5679.45 crore as registration fee and stamp duty in 2018-19 is Rs 1414.27 crore higher than that in 2017- 18 (more than 33 per cent) and the highest in the history of Haryana.

Eye specialist honoured

PGI Director Dr Jagat Ram honoured in Chennai Dr Jagat Ram, Director of the PGI, Chandigarh, was honoured on July 6 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisswami for his significant contribution to Indian ophthalmology in the field of adult and paediatric cataract surgery.
He was honoured during the Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Convention held in Chennai. The conference was attended by over 2500 ophthalmologists from India and abroad.
Dr Jagat Ram, honoured with the Padma Shri by the President of India this year, is already a recipient of the Most Prestigious Award Best of the Best Winner for New Surgical Techniques on the Management of Double Crystalline Lens at a session of the American Society Cataract and Refractive Society at San Francisco, US, in April 2013.

On May 9, 2016, he had received the Best of the Best Award at New Orleans, US, at an American Society conference.

He also received one of the most prestigious awards, the Oscar of Paediatric Ophthalmology, at the World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus held at Barcelona in 2015.

Bureaucrat with literary touch

Amandeep Sindhu Chatha, Director-General of Audit, South Central Railway, Secunderabad, is well known in the literary world and the audit field in Chandigarh, as she had remained posted in the Accountant-General’s offices of Haryana for over 16 years. She is popular in literary circles because of her interest in poetry as well as for her simple behaviour and compassionate attitude towards her staff.

She was also posted as Principal-Director of Audit, Indian High Commission, London, from 2013-15. She had the proud privilege to present the external auditor report on behalf of the C & AG of India to the Programme and Budget Committee of United Nations General Assembly at Geneva.

Amandeep writes poetry in freestyle in the form of two-line couplets.

“Bandagi” stays the important component in all books. In all, she has written five books. Her fifth book, “Rehnuma”, was released some time back in Secunderabad. The earlier four books are “Ehsas aur Bandagi”, “Inayat”, “Zarf-e-Nazar” and “Zaafraan”.

Amandeep has dedicated “Rehnuma” to her father (Walid ke Naam), Sardar Surinder Singh Sidhu (April 26, 1935, to November 3, 2015). Her two books “Zaafraan” and “Rehnuma” are in Hindi, English and Urdu.

The following few couplets show her devotion to her father and God:
“Mukammal aashiyaan hota hai ek baar
Vo jo tha aapke walidain ka ghar”
“Vo aapka fikr aur hamaara hum sehi zikr
Waalid ki duniya mein, lagta hai hum hi hum
“Kya guzarti hogi Khuda par jab kehte hain log
Ek jannat aur bhi hai, iss se bhi khoob.

The last two couplets are:
“Sardi kee dhoop si waalid ki yaad
Muskuraahat qaayam hai, aankh nam hai.”
“Waalid ki yaad, tujh par ilzaam nahin
Mujh ko maaloom hai tu Raheem hai.”

This shows how devoted Amandeep has been to her father and the supreme power.
Amandeep was also awarded by the Millat Educational Welfare Society under the aegis of the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy in 2009