Retired IAS officer Neela Satyanarayan will be the first state woman election commissioner. She will succeed Nand Lal who retired recently.
Sources said Governor S.C. Jamir had approved Satyanarayan’s appointment. A formal announcement was made by the Maharashtra government on Thursday.
“I am very happy and honoured to be given this opportunity. I will make sure there are free and fair elections. I will work to strengthen the role of women in the election process,” she said.
Satyanarayan explained that currently the role of women in local elections had been reduced to that of a rubber stamp, which she wanted to change.
Satyanarayan who retired as an additional chief secretary of the Revenue Department three months ago has held important posts in the Home and Forest Department.