Hyderabad: Senior IAS officer and Collector Narayanpet Ms Hari chandana has been honored with the 'British council' Award 2021 by the United Kingdom government as a "distinguished alumni" for creating a social impact in India. Adding another feather to Indian bureaucracy, she is the only officer to receive this award from India.
Ms. Hari Chandana Dasari is an IAS officer of 2010 batch of the Telangana State Cadre. Currently, serving as the Collector and District Magistrate of the Narayanpet district. The officer holds a master's degree in Global politics and Environmental Economics from London School of Economics.
Much before she was promoted, Ms Chandana served as a Zonal commissioner in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for a period of 5 years. She played an integral role in launching several citizen and environmental friendly initiatives.
To name a few, the officer was the brainchild behind feed-the-need, pet park, plastic recycled foot paths, usage of drones to fight mosquitoes, give-and-share, Durgam Cheruvu (secret lake) rejuvenation.
Well, she introduced She Toilets and She Marts in Hyderabad, popularly known as Pink Public toilets. Her efforts to reduce waste while she served in GHMC's Serilingampally division, secured an ISO 14001 certification for a government office and bagged the title of India's first Zero Waste Office. This besides, Chandana set up luxury toilet cafes (LOO Cafes) in Hyderabad and this turned out to be a role model and is now being implemented in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The officer is an avid reader and a green warrior apart from leading from the front in the fight against COVID-19 wherein Narayanpet district was largely successful in curtailing the spread of the Pandemic.
The latest to her kitty is the 'Her & Now' programme. It was launched to train and finance selected startups in a bid to promote business and stimulate growth.
Jointly launched by `We Hub', a part of Telangana government's Information Technology department, and the Dutch company, `Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH', 'Her&Now' kick-started in the Narayanpet. Under the programme, the experts will select a group of women entrepreneurs, who will be provided training and assistance to promote their businesses.