A People’s Officer: She is The Youngest IAS Officer to Be Appointed to a CM’s Office!
Smita Sabharwal, the quiet, hardworking girl did so and cleared the exam with flying colours, securing the fourth rank in the country. The fact that she was just 22 when she did this made her one of the youngest to have cracked the fiercely competitive UPSC exams. It was this tenure during which Smita’s people-centric initiatives evidence-based policy-making and rigorous programme evaluations earned her the moniker of “People’s Officer”. The tech-savvy IAS officer also introduced a tailor-made software that gave a direct pointer to areas prone to anaemia, high-risk pregnancies, poor registration of antenatal and poor access to healthcare facility allowing the health department to focus on strengthening these core areas.
Apart from making these surprise online visits, she also kept checking the dashboard of a one-of-its-kind performance monitoring system of government schools to know whether weak students were being given special classes and whether there had been any improvement in their performance.