Bhubaneswar, Nov 15 (Localwire) It’s not everyday you find a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer quitting her lucrative job to take a plunge into a new career. That’s Aparajita Sarangi for you.
Here is everything you need to know about her and her latest decision to go for a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS):
1. Sarangi is a 1994-batch Odisha cadre officer.
2. Her last official post was that of the Joint Secretary (MGNREGA), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
3. Her 5-year tenure at the position ended in August.
4. The 49-year officer applied for VRS on September 15.
5. On Nov 14, the Odisha government accepted her request for VRS.
6. In a letter to the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Training, General Administration Special Secretary Rabindra Nath Sahu, said: “Sarangi is free from vigilance angle and no departmental proceedings are pending or contemplated against her……you are, therefore, requested to consider the representation of Sarangi and furnish necessary orders regarding acceptance of her voluntary retirement from government service to this department at the earliest.”
7. Sarangi was born in 1969 in Bihar and was appreciated throughout her career for her strict principles and addressing public grievances.
8. According to media reports, the former commissioner of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) took the decision to quit her IAS job to make a career in politics.
9. It is being speculated that she might contest the Lok Sabha elections next year from Bhubaneswar on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket.
10. Sarangi has, however, neither confirmed nor denied the news.
11. She is married to her batchmate Santosh Sarangi.
12. Sarangi has served in several high profile positions, including Panchayati Raj Department Director, School and Mass Education Department Secretary, Higher Education Secretary, and Textiles and Handloom Secretary.