Birthday Special : Smita Sabharwal turns 38 today

Smt. Smita Sabharwal, Addl. Secretary to CM, Telangana is playing a key role in implementation and monitoring of Flagship programs like Mission Kakatiya, Watergrid etc. The Telangana State is focused on timely completion of these high impact programs.

Oil painting of Smita Sabharwal

Smt. Smita Sabharwal, Additional Secretary to Chief Minister of Telangana is a 2001 batch IAS officer.

Smita recieving award from Telangana CM KCR for her exemplery work
Smita recieving award from Telangana CM KCR for her exemplery work

Smita, a Bengali, born on 19th June 1977, has done most of her schooling in various parts of the country. Her father, a retired Army officer, Colonel P. K. Das, served in the Indian Army. The last couple of years of school education was from St. Ann’s, Marredpally. She later graduated in Commerce from St. Francis Degree College. She is one of the youngest to have cracked the Union Public Service Commission exam securing All India 4th rank and opted for the IAS.

Smita Sabharwal- Ankul Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal with her husband Ankul Sabharwal

“I had taken the commerce stream with accounts and economics as subjects. I was actually angry with my parents for pushing me into this stream. But it was a surprise when I bagged the first rank in the all India ICSE Class 12 exams,” adds the Joint Collector of Hyderabad.


Notable Achievements
The following are some of the notable achievements of Smitha Sabharwal.
* Restoration of ‘Praja Vani’ online grievance cell
* Gave priority to Health and Education in Karimnagar
* Introduced ‘Fund Your City’ programme as Municipal Commissioner of Warangal

Smita in tears after the formation of Telangana state announcement
Smita in tears after the formation of Telangana state announcement

Position    –    Period
Trainee Collector, Adilabad  – 2001
Assistant Collector, Chittoor – July 14, 2003 till November 27, 2004
Project Director, Rural Dev Department –  November 28, 2004 – December 31, 2004
Project Director, Rural Dev Department, Kadapa – January 1, 2005 – May 15, 2006
Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Warangal – May 16, 2006 – May 29, 2007
Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes Department, Visakhapatnam –  May 29, 2007 – October 22, 2009
Joint Collector, Kurnool – October 22, 2009 – April 9, 2010
Joint Collector, Hyderabad  – April 9, 2010
District Collector & District Magistrate, Karimnagar –  April 16, 2011

Smita Sabharwal Collector of Nalgonda in a public meet

Smita Sabharwal currently holds the charge of Additional Secretary to Chief Minister of Telangana and is indeed an inspiration to all.

The New Indian Express describes her as young, suave, articulate and efficient.


Personal Biography

Smita Sabharwal was born on June 19, 1977.
Her father served in the defense department. Though, she never wanted to enter civil services till graduation, her father’s encouragement inspired her to join civil services.
Her mother tongue is Bengali and she speaks English as well.
Smita represented Karnataka in the Under-16 Badminton category and participated in athletic championship.
Dosa, Idli and Sambar are some of her favorite foods. She learnt Hindustani music.

Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal ma’m at Voter Panduga inagural event.

Smita Sabharwal did her graduation at St. Francis College in Hyderabad. She was an active NSS volunteer.
She has a degree in Business Law Accountancy Marketing, which she passed in first division.

After completing the tough administrative training in Lal Bahadur Sastry, National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, she was trained in Adilabad district in her probationary days. Initial posting was in Chitoor where she served as the Subcollector, Madanapalle and was groomed well, letting her grab hands-on experience.


Thereafter she has worked in Rural Development sector as Project Director, DRDA, Kadapa. During her next stint as Muncipal Commissioner, Warangal she introduced “Fund your City” scheme where a large number of public utilities such as Traffic Junctions, Foot-overbridges, Bus-stops, Parks were created with Public-Private partnership(PPP).

Smita Sabharwal with her children
Smita Sabharwal with her children

Later she has served as Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Visakhapatnam, and also as Joint Collector of Kurnool and Joint collector of Hyderabad. In April,2011 she took charge as District Collector, Karimnagar district where she has made significant contribution in the Health and Education sector. Also with the help of Public Representatives, Karimnagar Town underwent a facelift in the form of wider roads, scientifically planned traffic junctions, Bus-stops, Toilets and other public utilities.

Smitha-Sabharwal casts her vote for 2014 general assembly elections

Karimnagar district was awarded the best district in PM’s 20 Point Programme for 2012-2013. She worked as District Collector of Medak during the General Elections – 2014 and introduced an innovative programme to increase voting percentage – “Voter Panduga”. Currently she is holding the charge of Additional Secretary to Chief Minister of Telangana.

Smita-Sabarwal on the day of Voter Pandaga by Telangana Government
Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal at a function in a school in Telangana
Smita-sabharwal carrying bathukamma on the eve of Telanganas holy festival bathukamma
smita-sabharwal with her children
smita-sabharwal with her children

Smita Sabharwal, is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of 2001 batch borne to the Telangana cadre. She is popularly known as “Peoples Officer”.She is the first lady IAS officer to be appointed to the Chief Minister’s Office.



Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal

Culled from various sources, so individual credits impossible.