Vandana Preyashi, this is the name which inspires women to move into civil services.Preyashi as district magistrate of Siwan, Bihar responsible to conduct fair and fearless lok sabha elections 2009 in Bihar.Preyashi is 2003 batch IAS officer, an alumnus of St Stephen's College, Delhi.

Vandana Preyashi is Known for being a no-nonsense and bold officer, under her supervision, Barh, otherwise infamous for its gun-power, saw an incident-free panchayat election. Her achievements are exemplary as the district magistrate (DM) of Siwan and Bhagalpur.

She is known for her intrepid and fierce doggedness,she has clearly left indelible footprints in her domain.Her no nonsense has often put her on sticky wickets but every time the officer proves a point when she raises her voices.Known for bold steps taken during her previous assignments as SDO in Barh and later as the DM of Siwan,She is credited for reiging in the many of the mighties politicians in Siwan and Barh-Mokama area infamous for guns and goons.

Earlier in 2007,Preyashi's ire was felt by don-turned-ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Anant Singh. Known as Chhote Sarkar in the area, the lawmaker from Mokama found all his food grain godowns sealed by the official after the state government ordered all the godowns in the state to be shifted to market committees.

She was also famous because there had not been a single violent incident during the panchayat polls in Barh and Mokama in 2006 when Preyashi was the sub divisional officer.Preyashi has been spending hours out in the field, meeting voters, inspecting campaign vehicles herself,assessing the security at the polling booths and spreading the word that the strictest action will be taken against anyone who breaks the law on polling day.

Women achievers from Bihar are second to none when it comes drive change initiatives. They are truly inspiring, and setting notes for others to strive for more. Be it administration, social innovation, art, media or any other alternate career stream, we are seeing a major change in their contribution towards social change.


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