Chennai: Girija Vaidyanathan, Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Land Administration, has been appointed Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu in place of P. Rama Mohana Rao, a government order said on Thursday.
She will also hold full additional charge of Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for Administrative Reforms.
Girija Vaidyanathan is an officer of the 1981 batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS). She has about two-and-a-half years to go for retirement.
This appointment comes following the searches conducted by Income Tax Department on Wednesday at the houses and chamber of Mr. Rao and many other places concerning him. Opposition parties had demanded that Mr. Rao be sacked, after Rs. 30 lakh cash in new currency and 5 kg of gold was seized from his residence.