Sumita Misra (IAS officer)

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Sumita Misra
Born (1967-01-30) 30 January 1967 (age 54)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Education B.A (Economics)
M.A. (Hons) in Economics
Alma mater Loreto Convent Lucknow
La Martiniere Lucknow
Lucknow University
Years active 1990–present
Employer Government of India
Organization Indian Administrative Service
Known for IAS officer, Poet.

Sumita Misra (Hindi: सुमिता मिश्रा) (born 30 January 1967) is an Indian Administrative Service officer in Chandigarh, Haryana.[1][2] She is also known for her poetry collections.

Government administrator

Misra was born on 30 January 1967 in Lucknow to Dr. N.C. Misra and Dr. (Mrs.) P.K. Misra. She completed her schooling from Loreto convent in Lucknow and completed her ISC from La Martiniere also situated in Lucknow, she graduated with a B.A in Economics, Maths, and Statistics, and further went on to complete her MA in Economics from Lucknow University topping both courses in the University. She is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the USA having completed a course on Leadership and Public policy and also she has attended senior courses on management in the Royal Institute of Administration, London. And also at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. During her school and college days, she has been a keen participant in debates and quizzes. She later joined the Indian Administrative Service, and she has been a government administrator holding various reputable positions with the Haryana government since 1990.[3] She has got 26 years of direct hands-on experience in public administration as SDM, DC administrator HUDA and also in diverse fields like Irrigation, Agriculture, Transport, Tourism, Women and Child welfare, Renewable energy, Science and technology and in the Chief Minister's office.

In the year 2005, her remarks at a conference on disaster preparedness were mentioned in The Harvard Gazette.[4] Under her tutelage and assistance, Haryana received the National Award for Energy Conservation for three years continuously.

During her term as Director of Renewable Energy, Haryana received three national awards from the President Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil for her commendable work in renewable energy in 2007. Under her aid and leadership, Haryana out of all the states has won the Energy Conservation National award three years in a row, which is a record.

In the year 2014, as Transport Commissioner, she worked on improving transportation safety for schoolchildren.[5][6] In the same year, she was appointed as an Additional Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.[7]

She is the Principal Secretary of tourism.[8] Haryana has also received the SKOCH smart governance award for the online room booking system introduction by effective use of Information Communication and Technology, Information and communications technology.[9] She has received Haryana State Gold Medal for her outstanding work for Red Cross and Child Welfare activities.[10] Under her aid Haryana Tourism was awarded the "Destination Stewardship Award - 2015" by the World Tourism and Trade Council India Initiative - HVS State Ranking Survey.[11] She is among the founding members of Adarsh- Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats which is an independent platform for promoting sustainable habitats under the aegis and patronage of MNRE and TERI.

As Chief Administrator and now Vice Chairperson of Surajkund Mela Authority, she has successfully organized the 28th, 29th & 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in the years 2013, 2014, 2015 respectively.[12] The 30th Surajkund Mela was the largest Mela ever with the participation of 23 countries and a turnout of 12 lakh visitors. As part of this association, she actively promotes farm tourism and international partnerships at the Crafts Mela.[13][14][15] She has changed the face of Mela with comprehensive social media campaign planned for the publicity of the Mela.

Her interests include travel, environmental protection, gender studies, and photography.


Sumita Misra's first literary work which is the collection of 45 poems titled ‘A Life of Light’, was published and released in the year 2012.[16][17][18] Its Foreword was given by Khushwant Singh. This was followed by ‘Kadmon Ki Laya’, a Hindi poetry book. Her third literary work consists of 75 poems with the combination of two languages Hindi and Urdu titled ‘Zara See Dhoop’, was released in the year December 2013.[19] This book has been appreciated so well by the readers that it is already in its third reprint. The well-known poet, Ashok Vajpeyi, spoke and praised about her writing at the launch of her third book. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Chandigarh Literary Society and organizes Literati-The Chandigarh Literary Festival every year.[20] She is currently working on her forthcoming books in Hindi and English poetry lined up for publication in 2016.


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  2. "Haryana IAS Officers Gradation List". HRY. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. "Dr. Sumita Misra - IAS Principal Secretary Department of Tourism Govt of Haryana, India". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  4. "Preparing for disaster". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  5. "Safe transportion for school going children: Mishra". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  6. "Haryana to initiate new policy for safer transportation of school going children- Misra". Timesofindia. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  7. "Khattar picks clean-image babus as aides". Timesofindia. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  8. "Dr. Sumita Misra - Principal Secretary to Govt. in Tourism Department". Government of Haryana. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  9. "Haryana Tourism bags award for e-tourism". Haryana Tourism Corporation Limited. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  10. "Haryana government to promote Farmhouse tourism". India Today. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
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  13. "Farm tourism to get a push at Surajkund". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  14. "Haryana government to promote Farmhouse tourism". India Today. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  15. "China, the Partner Nation for Surajkund Mela-2016: Dr. Sumita Misra". Metroplus News. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. "Haryana IAS officer publishes poem collection". Yahoo!. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  17. "Haryana bureaucrats’ new turn-on -- poetry, books!". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  18. "Haryana IAS officer publishes poem collection". Sify. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  19. "Sumita Misra to celebrates her newly launched third poetry book, Zara Si Dhoop". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  20. "135 participate in CLS Short-Story Writing Competition". Punjab News Express. Retrieved 18 May 2016.