Chandigarh: A 1987-batch IAS officer, Vini Mahajan is the new Chief Secretary, Punjab. The order of her appointment was passed on Friday June 26, 2020.
With this, she has become the first woman bureaucrat to get the coveted top post in a state.
She replaces Karan Avtar Singh, a 1984-batch IAS officer, who has been transferred as Special Chief Secretary, Governance Reforms and Public Grievances, the post held by Mahajan before her elevation to the top post.
Mahajan will also hold additional post of Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Vigilance which was earlier with her predecessor Singh.
Notably, her appointment has created another record in the annals of bureaucratic history of Punjab, as she and her husband Dinker Gupta, the incumbent Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, have become the first ‘power couple’ by virtue of simultaneously holding both top posts in any state of the country.
DGP Gupta is also a 1987-batch IPS officer.