Girija Vaidyanathan is an Indian IAS officer and Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu State Government. Born on July 1, 1961, in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, She is the daughter of the former Governor of RBI S. Venkitaraman and considered as the reputation amongst the most unwavering discernment economists of India. Girija has dependably been a splendid student all through her vocation. In the wake of finishing B. Sc. in Physics, she enrolled into IIT – Madras from where she finished her Ph. D degree in Health Economics. Her dad recommended her to go for Civil Services.
She gave the exam in 1980 and split UPSC Civil Services with remarkable rank. She got IAS as cadre in her home state. As far back as turning into an IAS, she has been very well-known in Tamil Nadu and connecting states as a result of her great work. She is among not very many officers in the domain who are appreciated by both AIADMK and DMK legislators. She likewise worked in different divisions, for example, organization, education, power, finance, program execution, environment, land improvement, industries, urban advancement, and numerous different offices in her 34 years of profession.
Girija filled in as the Health Secretary from 2011-2012 amid the residency of late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa and additionally the mission executive of State Rural Health Mission. She disregarded twice when K. Gnanadesikan and his successor P. Rama Mohana Rao delegated as chief secretaries in 2014 and 2016 individually. Girija held the position in the State Health Society as the Mission Director when Tamil Nadu received the honor for the best execution among the non-empowered activity group States.
She was the secretary of the Family and Health Welfare division in the Government of Tamil Nadu and also became the Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission. She got the position as Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu on 23 December of 2016, supplanting P Rama Mohana Rao whose habitation and an officer was assaulted by the Income Tax office.
She is the 1981-batch officer is a fourth women chief secretary of the Tamil Nadu state after S Malathi, Sheela Balakrishnan and Lakshmi Pranesh. Girija is also third so far in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam group. She likewise holds full charge of Commissioner for Administrative Reforms and Vigilance Commissioner. Girija's brother-in-law, the famous Tamil performing artist and BJP pioneer S. Ve. Shekhar, who was as of late in the controversy for uploading a post on social media with disgusting remarks against female journalists.