Shubha Sarma, a 1999 batch Odisha Cadre IAS Officer, has made exemplary
contribution to the Indian Administrative Services and the country since her
joining the services fifteen years ago. She has served for more than a decade in
the tribal districts of Odisha where she endeavored to catalyze social change,
empower women and address complex social issues concerning left-wing
Apart from her contribution to the Department of Handlooms, Textiles and
Handicrafts she has also been instrumental in handling key assignments as
Secretary of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC); Private
Secretary to Union Minister of Culture; Deputy Secretary, Department of
Commerce; Additional Secretary, Water Resources Department, Government
of Odisha and many more.
As Private Secretary to the Union Minister of Culture, she was involved at the
highest level of decision-making in the Ministry with emphasis being on revival
→ Shubha Sarma, IAS.
→ Honours Degree in History from
Lady Sri Ram College, Masters in
International Relations from JNU.
→ Married to Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma,
IAS and lives with her two sons in
→ Turned author with her debut
book – “Fly on the Wall & Other
of cultural institutions and agencies; improving motivation levels among the
employees, augmenting transparency and increasing stakeholder involvement.
As Secretary, CERC she worked tirelessly to automate the judicial process and
was successful in launching the online filing and data management system in
CERC called SAUDAMINI.
Some of her significant contributions include construction of infrastructure
such as roads, bridges and schools in rural Orissa’s KBK region; opening
orphanages and resident schools for tribal children; providing land rights to
tribal people in a focused manner; spearheading sanitation campaigns; and
implementing various development schemes for the Government of India.
Born and brought up in Lucknow, Shubha Sarma is a multifaceted personality
who enjoys travelling, cycling, yoga, listening to music and swimming. She is
fond of dogs and enjoys tending to her bonsai collection in her spare moments.
Her debut book “Fly on the wall & Other Stories”, examines the realities and
contradictions of India through the lives of housewives, teenagers, men and
women in the backdrop of civil strife and deep social unrest in rural India as
well as its cities. Her body of work displays strong characters and is a reflection
of the changing times. The book was released in August 2013.
Shubha is the recipient of the coveted Leadership Award which was presented
to her by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in the
year 1997; Governor’s Award in Koraput for Social Work and Red Cross
Activities in 2005-06; Award for the most innovative project by SKOCH Society
for SAUDAMINI project in 2016-17; Award for the best governance initiative
using IT by the Computer Society of India, Hyderabad in 2017-18; and Award
for Innovative practices in Tussar farming by Ministry of Textiles in 2018-19.