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BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Preeti Sudan is an IAS Officer of 1983 batch of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, currently serving as Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Prior to this posting, she was Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.

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Sudan is admired for her administrative skills at all levels. Sudan’s recent role in policy delivery during Kerala Floods helped thousands of civilians residing in relief camps. She handled and looked after one of the most tragic floods to have hit Kerala. Her post flood disease control operations mechanism proved to be highly effective and saved thousands in Kerala.

She is one of the key pillars in the world’s largest health protection scheme AYUSHMAN BHARAT YOJNA. Speaking recently on the subject, she had said, “NHPS or National Health Protection Scheme is essential part of entire program and most essential to this entire scheme is the selection of beneficiaries, how to go for hospitalisation and what diseases we will be covering”. Sudan has proved her administrative acumen in a male-dominated system.

She also served as Special Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development and as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. In her Cadre, she has a distinguished track record of serving in Finance & Planning, Disaster Management, Tourism and Agriculture. She is M Phil in Economics & Post Graduate in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics. She has also served as Consultant in the World Bank at Washington.  

Sudan hails from Haryana and also had served for ministry of defence for union government and ministry of revenue and disaster management department for Andhra state government.  Agriculture cooperation, tourism and industry are the other different departments she had served for in her previous roles. Public finance management training from Washington, USA had also added to her performing skills.        

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