Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), has been given the additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Pawan Hans Limited. Padhee is the first woman CMD of the Miniratna helicopter service company.
Pawan Hans announced the appointment on Sunday through a tweet which said, “Usha Padhee, joint secretary@Moca has taken over as the chairman and managing director of Pawan Hans Limited. She is the first woman CMD of the company.”
Ms Usha padhee, Joint Secratary @MOCA_GoI has taken over the additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director of PawanHans Ltd, a mini ratna CPSE. She is the first woman CMD of the company . Welcome ! @ushapadhee1996 pic.twitter.com/7YPyCy7aEn
— Pawan Hans Ltd (@PawanHansLtd) April 7, 2019
Earlier, MoCA had issued an order which stated that Padhee was assigned the additional charge with immediate effect for a period of three months or till the appointment or assignment of regular CMD, whichever is earlier.
The 1996-Batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre succeeded BP Sharma. The post was vacant since the superannuation of Sharma in January.
Padhee is an alumnus of Gulbarga University, Karnataka, from where she has pursued Civil Engineering. She has served as sub-collector of Baliguda, Kandhamal. She was also the additional project director (watershed) of District Rural Development Agency, Kalahandi, and then additional district magistrate of Balangir. She has also been collector and district magistrate of Nabarangpur, Koraput and Dhenkanal districts.
Apart from the aforementioned roles, Padhee has worked under the livelihood sector, state project director of World Bank-assisted Tripti project for Odisha among others. She has also headed the Mahila Commission, State Social Welfare Board, water resources, Employment Mission and Odisha Livelihood Mission. She was also nominated for the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in administration.
Padhee, the then Commissioner-cum-Secretary, School & Mass Education department, Government of Odisha, spoke at Elets eOdisha Summit held in 2014. Listen to her address here.