Women bag top four administrative jobs

It is the women at the fore in Panchkula. With Haryana scoring lower on sex ratio in the 2011 Census, Panchkula is probably the only district in the state with the top four administrative jobs being held by women.

Sharandeep Kaur Brar, an IAS officer, joined on Monday as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Panchkula and completed the quartet of four top officers. The new SDM belongs to 2009-batch and was second in the all India list. "I am happy that I have got a chance to serve Panchkula," she said.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar is a 2004-batch IAS officer, who joined in 2010. Before joining the district she had also worked as Assistant Commissioner, Gurgaon, SDM Hisar and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Hisar. She said, "It does not matter whether an officer is a man or woman. People should appreciate gender equality."

City Magistrate Vandana Disodia is a 2004-batch HCS officer. She started her career as City Magistrate of Panchkula and then went to UT Chandigarh on deputation in 2007. She was Director Industries, Secretary of State Transport Authority, Controller Weights and Measures and Member Secretary of Khadi Board. In 2010, she joined as SDM, Kalka. In August this year, she again joined as City Magistrate, Panchkula.

SDM Kalka, Manita Malik, is a 2004-batch HCS officer. In 2008 she joined Indian Police Service (IPS). " I resigned from IPS this year. SDM Kalka is my first posting after that," she said. "Though I do not see anything special in the top four administrative jobs being held by women," she said.

Besides administration, in judiciary Panchkula has three women judges - Additional District and Sessions Judge Kanchan Mahi, Chief Judicial Magistrate Gurvinder Kaur and Civil Judge Renu Rao.

Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, is also headed by a woman Principal Medical Officer Dr Usha Gupta. In the police, one of the DSP is a women - Iqbal Kaur. The posts of District Informatic Officer is held by Manju Aggarwal and Secretary Red Cross is Vijaylakshmi.

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