For outstanding contribution towards women’s empowerment and developing measures to improve public administration efficiency
Dr Shalini Rajneesh is a women’s topper and youngest member of the 1989 batch of the IAS. As Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Government of Karnataka, she was instrumental in implementing Karnataka’s Guarantee of Services to the Citizens Act, 2011, popularly known as SAKALA. The Act ensures time-bound delivery to citizens of 478 services covering 47 departments. In just two years, since April 2012, 60 million citizens successfully availed of time-bound services that earned SAKALA the Prime Minister’s Award, Google Innovation Award, National e-Governance Award for Outstanding Performance in Citizen Centric Service Delivery, QCI-DL Shah Quality National Award and CAPAM Award.
During her stint as Deputy Commissioner, Belgaum district, the first historic legislative session was held outside the state capital. Her contribution through a book on inclusive growth for upliftment of the backward regions of Karnataka bore fruit in the form of an amendment to the Constitution vide Article 371 J, giving special status to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. As Secretary, Panchayati Raj, she saw Karnataka win the 2nd Best Panchayati Raj National Award. She also served as Secretary, Women and Child Development, and her contributions earned nationwide appreciation and recognition. In 2013, Karnataka State Women’s university made her a ‘Doctor of Literature’.