Shailaja Ramaiyer takes charge as Collector

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Change of guard: Shailaja Ramaiyer assuming office in Machilipatnam on Monday. —
Change of guard: Shailaja Ramaiyer assuming office in Machilipatnam on Monday. —

G.V.R. Subba Rao

She wants to make a field visit first

MACHILIPATNAM: Shailaja Ramaiyer, a 1997 batch IAS officer, assumed charge as Krishna district Collector on Monday.

She signed a few papers in her chamber at 11.30 a.m. to mark the assumption of office in the absence of outgoing Collector Navin Mittal.

Ms. Ramaiyer, in an informal chat with reporters, said she would have to fully understand the topography and problems of the district before chalking out a plan for the development of the district. The government’s priorities would be the priorities of the district Collector, she said in reply to a question, adding that she would have to achieve the targets set by the government to develop the district. Asked about the problems in execution of Indiramma housing scheme in the district, Ms. Ramaiyer said: “I can’t say any thing off hand about it. I heard that there are some problems in some coastal districts. I would be able to say something only after I make a field visit.” Asked about her agenda as a ‘woman Collector’, she quickly said: “There is no such distinction. I would react to any issue as a district Collector rather than as a woman.” Replying to another question, she said she would like to work from the district headquarters rather than from Vijayawada.

Joint Collector S. Suresh Kumar was also present. Staff and officials of the collectorate greeted her with bouquets and garlands. She later reviewed the implementation of various programmes.

Revenue staff organised a meeting to welcome Ms. Ramaiyer and bid farewell to Mr. Mittal. The outgoing Collector thanked the officials and staff for their cooperation during his stint. He recalled the many relief measures and programmes taken up during the last three years. Ms. Ramaiyer acknowledged that securing ISO certification and opening an online grievance cell were some of the achievements of Mr. Mittal. Ms. Ramaiyer earlier called on Mr. Mittal at the Collector’s bungalow here before assuming office.

Mr. Suresh Kumar, Sub-Collector Gaurav Uppal, Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar and other senior officials made a courtesy call on Ms. Ramaiyer at the Collector’s camp office in Vijayawada early in the day. She had a darshan of goddess Kanakadurga by visiting the temple at the foothill of Indrakeeladri before arriving here.

Ms. Ramaiyer earlier worked as Joint Secretary in the Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare. She also worked as Sub-Collector at Tenali and Joint Collector of Hyderabad district.Ms. Ramaiyer’s husband is government whip D. Sridhar Babu and the couple has a daughter.



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