Ten out of 14 districts of Kerala will now be run by women as the state gets a majority female representation in the top brass of the administration in a welcome move for women in public service. With Dr Renu Raj set to take charge of Alappuzha, Kerala now has 10 district collectors – all women – a rare feat in a country that has seen less representation of women as compared to men in politics, civil services, defence and several other key fields.
With this, roughly two-thirds of the state’s administration is being led by women. While the reservation for women in the state Assembly was 33 percent, women collectors now constitute 71.4 percent in administrative services in Kerala.
The other women district collectors of Kerala are Haritha V Kumar (Thrissur), Divya S Iyer (Pathanamthitta), Afsana Parveen (Kollam), Sheeba George (Idukki), Dr PK Jayasree (Kottayam), Bhandari Swagat Ranveer Chand (Kasaragod), Navjot Khosa (Thiruvananthapuram), Mrunmayee Joshi (Palakkad) and Dr A Geetha (Wayanad).