Rebecca Vanessa Suchiang, a 1989 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the Meghalaya government.

She is the senior-most IAS officer in the state right now and the first Khasi woman to be appointed to the post of chief secretary.

Suchiang, who is currently serving as Additional Secretary in the Union Finance Ministry, will take charge as the State’s chief secretary on Thursday.

Suchiang will succeed present Chief Secretary MS Rao, who retires on September 30.

Post-retirement, Rao has been appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the State Public Service Delivery Commission as per the Meghalaya Right to Public Service Act, 2020, said an official notification issued on Wednesday.

Rao, a 1987 batch officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, was appointed to the post in December 2019.

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