Manisha Verma, IAS
Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharasthra, Mumbai
Manisha Verma is presently serving as Director, National Advisory Council, GoI. Previously, has worked as collector in Solapur, Maharashtra. She has coordinated with World Bank, UNICEF, ILO, IFAD and other multilateral programs on reproductive child health, education, child labor, agriculture and development. She has presented papers on Child Rights and Land Right of tribals in various forums.
She graduated in History & Law from Delhi University and completed her Post graduation in Human Rights. After completing her professional training from Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Mussorrie, she worked as Assistant collector in Dhule & Buldhana; Project Officer in ITDP tribal belts of Nasik and Thane; Chief Executive Officer, ZP Thane and Collector, Amravati.
As CEO Thane, she promoted people’s participation in development process through activation of the gram sabhas and social audit that became model for state policy. She worked for empowerment of newly elected women representatives, promotion of women SHGs, programs in reproductive child health care and village education plans. As collector of Amravati, apart from land revenue administration, she took up projects on improving municipal governance, promotion of low-cost water harvesting through peoples participation and promotion of organic farming. Her efforts to update and computerize land records of nearly eight lakh farmers (bhoomi abhiyan) and successful settlement of land rights of indigenous communities settled in forest areas (vanputra abhiyan) through transparent and participatory mechanisms with involvement of gram sabhas won CM's award under Rajiv Gandhi Administrative Reforms for year 2001 and 2002 and were accepted as state policy. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribe recommended its replication to all state governments.
With her vast field experience and administrative acumen imbued with commitment to serve the people, she acts as a catalyst to motivate her team to go beyond routine to provide transparent and responsive administration.