The Madhya Pradesh government, on Wednesday (29.11.2023), appointed senior IAS officer Veera Rana (IAS:1988:MP) to the additional charge of Chief Secretary. Currently serving as the chairperson of the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, Rana also holds the additional charge of the state’s Agriculture Production Commissioner.
Effective Thursday, Rana will step into her new role, becoming only the second woman bureaucrat in Madhya Pradesh’s history to serve as Chief Secretary—the state’s top bureaucratic position. The first woman to hold this position was IAS officer Nirmala Buch in the early 1990s.
Veera Rana will take over the Chief Secretary role from senior administrative officer Iqbal Singh Bains (IAS:1985:MP), who is retiring after receiving two extensions. Originally set to retire on November 30, 2022, Bains was granted a six-month extension until May 31, 2023, followed by another extension for the same period, extending his service until November 30, 2023, in consideration of the assembly elections.