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Former Karnataka Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha joins BJP

BJP State unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa welcomed her to the party in the middle of a procession organised for filing BJP candidate Umesh Jadhav’s nomination for Kalaburagi Lok Sabha segment


Former Chief Secretary of Karnataka Ratna Prabha — the third woman to have held the post after Teresa Bhattacharya (2000) and Malathi Das (2006) — joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at a public rally here on Wednesday.

BJP State unit president B.S. Yeddyurappa welcomed her to the party in the middle of a procession organised for filing BJP candidate Umesh Jadhav’s nomination for Kalaburagi Lok Sabha segment.

Speaking to mediapersons,  she said:“I decided to serve people after my retirement and politics is a good way to do it. I’m happy to join the party in the Hyderabad Karnataka region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing good work. The successful Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has benefited women,” she said.

The 1981 batch IAS officer, who hails from a Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh, retired from service in March 2018. She was closely connected to Hyderabad Karnataka region even after her service as Regional Commissioner (Gulbarga division) between 2011 and 2012, Deputy Commissioner of Raichur, and Assistant Commissioner of Bidar.

She was on Central deputation under the Ministry of Commerce as the Development Commissioner of Vizag Export Promotion Zone and Mission Director of National Mission for Empowerment of Women in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

She was known for launching the National Literacy Campaign in a big way as a pilot project in Raichur when she was Deputy Commissioner there in 1991 and successfully conducting the ‘Invest Karnataka summit’ in 2016.

After her retirement last year, the Siddaramaiah government gave her a two-month extension due to the Assembly polls. But after coming to power, the coalition government, headed by Kumaraswamy,  declined to extend it further despite her plea and chose another chief secretary.