Profile of C. S. Ramalakshmi, IFS(Retd.)

Profile of C. S. Ramalakshmi, IFS(Retd.)

(Advisor – CIPS)

C S Ramalakshmi is the First Women Officer in the Indian Forest Service, from 1980 batch from Andhra Pradesh Cadre. She served in the Government of Andhra Pradesh for 37 years in various departments, Environment, Forest, Science and Technology, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Labor and Employment, Higher Education, Agriculture and Corporation, General Administration in various capacities from districts to state-level postings. She underwent training in Walsall University, Oxford Forest Institute (UK) in Forestry Rural Development and Gender Issues. She visited USA, UK, Europe, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Indonesia and Bangladesh participates in International Conferences and submitted India Country papers.
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She published 50 papers/ articles in various Journals/ periodicals covering various issues related to Forestry, Environment, Climate Change, Women Empowerment, Self-help groups, Tribal Development, Social Development, Natural Resources and Human Resources Development.

She is a visiting faculty in state level and national level institutions in Hyderabad. She served as an Executive member in the Netherlands assisted Biotechnology project, Osmania University, Board Member in the Access to Livelihoods consulting limited, member of Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, member of Expert Committee on the Access to Benefit Sharing in the National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India.

She wrote a chapter on the role of women in the sericulture industry in the XI Five year plan document. She wrote a chapter on the Forestry Development in the State of Environment Report prepared by EPTRI, Hyderabad.

Professional Interests: Women related issues in Forestry, Agriculture and Allied Sectors, Rural Development and Environment, Climate Change and Civil Society Gender concern community participation, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Self Help promotion for empowering communities, Participatory Development Methods, Integrated Watershed Management and Governance.

As Additional Director General (Training) in Dr. MCRHRD institute, she conducted training programs to the staff and officers working in various cadres in more than 50 government departments in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States.

As Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Environment and Forests, she galvanized several activities like recycling of Solid Waste, Water Conservation and Water Harvesting, Lakes Cleanup programs, Paper and Plastics recycling projects, Tree Planting and Tree Translocation programs, Save energy campaigns etc by involving community, students, academia, NGOs and Government agencies on both digital platforms and ground-level implementation.

She worked as Director and Commissioner in the department of Panchayatraj and Rural Development from 1993 – 2003. Implemented Government of India and State projects on Watershed Development, Agriculture, Horticulture and Dairy, Training of Youth for Employment, Drought Proofing and Irrigation projects.

She worked as Commissioner Women Empowerment and self-employment and galvanized 6.0 million women into 6,00,000 self-help groups. She specialized in the socio-economic empowerment of women for achieving Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals. She instrumental in designing and implementing schemes related to poverty alleviation, access to clean fuels, clean drinking water and sanitation, health and family welfare.

She worked as Chief Executive Officer, Employment Generation Mission in Government of Andhra Pradesh, designed and implemented Youth Employment Schemes in manufacturing and service sectors through Skill Building.

She worked in the Department of Sericulture and implemented innovative schemes for farmers, silk reelers and weavers. She wrote a chapter on the role of women in the sericulture industry in XI Five year plan document.

In the post-retirement period i.e. from June 2014 to March 2017, she worked as Advisor to the Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh on Women Empowerment. She conducted National Women Parliament in February 2017 involving 20,000 girl students of Higher Education in Indian Universities and several national and international leaders and professionals in Amaravathi, Capital of Sunrise Andhra Pradesh.

She has received many awards the most important are “Uttamseva Patra” from the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (1986) for the services rendered to the flood victims of Godavari flash floods in Karimnagar District. In 2004, she received an award from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Excellency President of India, as the ‘Best State Coordinator’ for rendering laudable services to the ‘self-help movement in Andhra Pradesh’.

She has published more than 50 articles on Forest Conservation, Poverty Alleviation, Forest and Tribal Interface, Importance of Non-Timber Forest products for tribal communities, Self-Help Groups, Rural markets and rural employment, Sericulture development, Forestry and Climate change, Agriculture, Food security and in the various National and International Journals / Workshops/ Seminars and Reports. She visited many countries to participate in international conferences. She conducted the visit of several international dignitaries to showcase various schemes on women empowerment implemented by Government of Andhra Pradesh.

She is a resource person/guest faculty in state and national institutions on the subjects related to Natural Resources Management and Women Empowerment.