It's a homecoming for Amudha IAS: Why TN's top bureaucrat is returning to the state from Modi's office?

It's a homecoming for a reputed bureaucrat, Amudha IAS as she is coming back to her home state of Tamil Nadu after serving in the Prime Minister's Office. Amudha has been a prominent face in the Indian bureaucracy and has held key portfolios in Tamil Nadu before getting inducted to the Prime Minister's Office. 

In July 2020, Amudha was appointed as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office and she departed to the nation's capital with vast experience in the administrations and the pivotal leadership of handling and implementing the initiatives. P Amudha is a 1994 batch IAS officer from Tamil Nadu and in the last 25 years, she has worked in 15 different departments in the state. 

She is one of the very few IAS officers to serve under both former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa. Born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Amudha had completed her undergraduate at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, and began her career as an IAS officer in September 1994. Initially, she was appointed as the Collector of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu. 

During her tenure as Dharmapuri's collector, she had focused on curbing the grounds of female infanticide and increasing the female literacy rate in the district. She also had served as the Additional Chief Electoral Officer in the Public Elections Department in the Tamil Nadu government. Some of the key roles that she served include the Executive Director for the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women and has worked as a program officer with the United Nations Children's Fund for Water and Sanitation. 

Amudha is popularly known for her works towards empowering women and she had also busted illegal sand mining in Chengalpattu, while she was serving as the District Collector of Kancheepuram. During the historic Chennai Floods in 2015, Amudha was deployed as Special Officer for monsoon relief as she is known as an extremely effective field officer. She had ordered the demolition of several concrete buildings that were found encroached on waterbodies. 

Amudha had earned more prominence for effectively managing the last rites of former Chief Minister Karunanidhi in 2018. She had discharged her duty to ensure that the deceased leader has a smooth last rite. She was largely commended for her excellence in duties and gained more reputation for her dedication and her way of exhibiting leadership in her roles under different administrations and governments.

In March 2019, Amudha was appointed as a professor of Public Administration at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. A year after serving as a professor, her career has reached a major height after getting an offer from the Prime Minister's  Office.  She was appointed as a Joint Secretary in PMO in July 2020. She received the offer to serve the post till 2022. 

However, Amudha has now relinquished her post from the PMO and is all set to return to her home state of Tamil Nadu. Her decision to return to Tamil Nadu was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee has noted Amudha's decision to quit the PMO as premature repatriation to her parent cadre. While she still has two years to serve in the PMO, her homecoming has drawn major attention. 

According to reports, the Tamil Nadu government has appealed to the Union government to release Amudha for the state duties. After accepting the appeal, Delhi has released Amudha from PMO to return to her home state. As MK Stalin-led administration in Tamil Nadu has been strengthening the bureaucracy in the state to deliver expected service to the people, the government has been carrying out a measure of overhaul and it has been expected that the state government will confer a key post to Amudha to execute her ace bureaucracy.