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Admired Even By Her Peers

Rita Teotia is a four-time winner of the National Awards for eGovernance


Peer group admiration is rare and when it does come, it comes grudgingly — more so, when the admired peer happens to be a woman making space for herself  in a sphere dominated by men. Rita Teotia is in that rare cluster of  women and inspires approbation of  even her  fellow bureaucrats, for  her dedication, amiable  nature and administrative abilities.

Teotia has won the National Awards for eGovernance for applications developed during her various assignments in government, not once, but four times. Now  Secretary in the Department of  Commerce, Ministry of  Commerce & Industry, she is among the main architects of  the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES). The  scheme  facilitated infrastructure development, which in turn is without doubt, among  the factors that  put India on the world map as an emerging economic powerhouse.

She is also known for her negotiation skills and her active role in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The RCEP  was  instrumental in  balancing  the deficit in Sino-Indian trade. Before taking on her present assignment, Teotia  was  Additional Secretary  in the Department of  Electronics and Information Technology and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of  Health and Family Welfare.

Teotia is a 1981 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of  the Gujarat cadre. She holds a post-graduate degree in Medieval and Modern Indian history from the University of  Lucknow and a Masters degree in management from IIM Bangalore.

Teotia firmly believes that India would progress on the dint of  her technological and modern day tools. She once  wondered at the  technological revolution that is driving India.  “There was no telephone when the telecom revolution started,” she said, “there was no computer or Internet when these  revolutions started, but  we  progress  crazily, look where we stand today!”

Teotia  is  known  to  be  a  stickler for transparency and in  the ease of  doing business with government, even as she admits that exporters do need to wait a while for a point in time when they would not have to visit government offices at all.

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Women's Day Magazine 17 March 2018 Rita Teotia

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