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Smt. Leena Mehendale, IAS (1974 - Maharashtra)

Date of birth


31st January 1950

Place of birth


Dharangaon, Dist : Jalgaon, Maharashtra



  • M.Sc. Physics - Patna University 1970

  • M.Sc. Project Planning , Brad ford University U.K. 1989

  • LLB-I - Mumbai University 2010

Present Posting


Additional Chief Secretary, GAD (General Administration Department)June 07 onwards

Work Experience


I joined Indian Administrative Service in July, 1974, Maharashtra cadre. Working as a Senior Civil Servant since then. Have worked on various postings, discharging responsibilities of Planning, Implementations, Execution, Law and Order, Coordination and Monitoring and as a Judiciary Officer under several Acts.

The job experience is categorized as under :

Revenue Administration : land and forest management, law and order problems, natural calamities, district and regional planning, employment guarantee, Regional coordination, protocol, election. In general, working as a representative of government in the concerned district or division.

Judicial work: The posts of Asstt. Collector, Urban Land Ceiling Authority, Collector, Commissioner, Settlement Commissioner included working as a judiciary officer under various Acts, such as , Land Revenue, Tenancy, Watan Abolition, Land Acquisition, Resettlement, Municipal Act, Urban Land Ceiling, Departmental Enquiries, Cr.P.C, IPC, Evidence Act and Bombay Police Act.

Development Administration: in the sector of agriculture, health, education, animal husbandry, social welfare, watershed management, industrial development, women welfare etc.

Industrial Development: involving small scale industries, project formulation, district and regional level coordination of banks, regional industral planning, employment guarantee schemes, IRDP.

Training and HR : Held educational/training jobs such as DS(Education), Director of Maharashtra State Administrative Training Institute (YASHADA), Director, National Institute of Naturopathy and Vice Chancellor of Open University, Nashik.

Women Affairs : IWorked for economic rehabilitation of Devdasis. (Ref. Item 9 and 12) ii] as Joint secretary to the National Commission for women. Many articles, Seminars and Policy Papers, iii) women rally in PCRA.



  • Women issues

  • Reforms in Administration and System building

  • Rural Development including micro credit

  • Indian Mythology

  • Sanskrit

  • Film / TV serial Production

  • Book Writing

  • Ayurved etc.



Environment, Ecology, Music, & Philosophy. Writing, popularising Science in Indian Languages, Simplification and Computerisation of office procedures, Indian System of medicines, Traveling.

Special Work


  • In PCRA As incharge I introduce a weekly T. V. Serial and a weekly Radio Serial on energy conservation for mass awarness. Revamped Energy Audits and created a data base thereof. Expanded the scope of Conservation Research manyfolds. Initiated policies and programs for the ministry on Bio Diesel.

  • In NCW, studies in detail the pattern of crime against women in Maharashtra & Bihar, Ran a weekly column in Hindi News Paper for legal advice on question of women. Initiated many legal Amendments for justice to women and reprsented NCW in the UN meeting on CEDAW.

  • As Collector, Sangli & MD, WMDC, I have successfully implemented a project for economic rehabilitation of Deodasis (nearly 150 Deodasis were given vocational training, Production centre and their own co-operative Society which is still running under the guidance of WMDC from Sangli and Kolhapur districts)

  • As Commissioner, Nashik and Settlement Commissioner, I have introduced complete office Computerisation, office systematisation and simplification of office procedure.

  • As Settlement Commissioner, I introduced computerisation of land records and maps.

  • As first Director, NIN, I established a nation - wide network of naturopaths and prepared many policy papers on naturopathy for the Deptt. Of Health

Faculty Work


  • Lecturer in Physics 1972-73, Patna

  • Visiting faculty of YASHADA, IIPA and other Training Organisation.

  • Give talks on AIR and TV.

Literary Work


I write on current topics, administration, education, popular science, children's literature, I have nearly 300 articles and more than 15 books to my credit.

Books Written & Published


  • Ye Ye Pawsa - short stories for Children in Marathi.

  • Fir Varsha Aai - short stories for Children in Hindi

  • Sona Denare Pakshi - Narrations on bird watching in Marathi.

  • Suvarna Panchi - & Hamara Dost Toto - Narrations on bird watching in Hindi.The Book Suvarna Panchi was serialised on AIR Delhi.

  • Nityaleela - Translated /Own Short stories in Marathi.

  • Man Na Jane Man Ko - Translated /Own Short stories in Hindi

  • Anandlok- Hindi - 108 Poems translated from famous Marathi poet Kusumagraj

  • Lokshahi - Marathi - Translation from English to explain basic concepts of Democracy.

  • Ek Tha Fengadya - Hindi- Novel, Translation from Marathi

  • Devadasi - Hindi - Narration of Rehab. Prog. for Devdasis undertaken in Sangli & Kolhapur

  • Sheetala Mala- Hindi - 17th Century Indian system of small pox vaccination

  • Gujara bhatte ka kanoon - Hindi - Provisions of sec 125 Cr.PC for maintenance grant to deserted women, children, old parents.

  • Janata Ki Rai - Hindi - Essays on Administration and society.

  • Hai koi Vakeel Loktantra ka? - Hindi - Essays on Administration and society.

  • Prashasanakade Valun Baghtana - Marathi - Essays on Administration and society.

  • Ithe Vicharana Vaw aahe - Marathi - Essays on Administration and society.

  • Khindichya palikade - Marathi- Novel, Translation from English

  • Yugandhara - edited for PCRA - Women views on travelling & empowerment

  • Boond Boond Ki Baat - edited for PCRA -on conservation

  • Biodiesel - edited for PCRA

Important Articles


  • A series of 13 lectures on Atomic Physics on AIR.

  • My dessertation titled: The Integrated Rural Development Programme for Women in Developing Countries : What more can be done? (A case study from India)" was included as a chapter in the book : Women Development and Survival in the third World" edited by Haleh Afshar - Longman Publication U.K. (1989).

  • Status Paper on:The Laws relating to land alienation to Scheduled Tribes in Maharashtra, prepared for Government of India.

  • A series of articles on crime against women -18 articles.

  • Weekly Column for legal councelling on women issues - News paper serial

  • Series of articles on natropulty- 19 articles.

  • Towards Liberalisation : Issues and Challenges before Administration : IIPA 1996

  • New Strategies in Education, 1986.

  • Relooking at a Historical Irrigation Model of Dhule District- 1992

  • Has IAS become redundant - 1996.

  • Prize winning essays at IIPA (1991 & 1993) on Issues in Reservation Policy and Revamping Indian Administration.

Films, TV Serials & Air Serials.


Following Films, TV Serials and Radio Programs are prepared :

  • Introduced a weekly T.V. Serial on energy conservation for mass awarness for more than 3 years.

  • A weekly Radio Program on energy conservation for mass awarness with 182 episodes

  • Naturopath - 5 films on Water, Mud, Sun, Eye Careee and Fasting - therapy and 2 short films for Nin.

  • A short film on Devadasi project for WMDC.



  • Edited Sanrakshan Chetna- A monthly on energy conservation for 3 years for PCRA.

  • Edited a monthly newsletter called Nisargopachar Varta for NIN from Jan. 1992 to April, 1994.

  • A monthly folder for improving the internal efficiency and public interface in the office of Settlement Commissioner.



Proficiency in Hindi, Marathi, English. Can read, write and speak Bengali,Can read or follow - Sanskrit, Gujrati, Punjabi, Nepali, Maithili, Oriya, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Ahirani



Present Posting : Principal Secretary GAD, (Social Development Coordination) GoM 6/07 onwards.

Previous Postings (In reverse Order)

  • Principal Secretary & Animal husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries GoM 07/06 to 05/07

  • Principal Secretary & Special Inquiry Officer (I), General Administration Department, GoM 11/05 to 6/06

  • Joint Secretary to GoI and Executive Director, PCRA (Petroleum Conservation Research Association) 25.6.02 to 30.10.2005., MOPNG.In PCRA As incharge I introduced a weekly T. V. Serial and a weekly Radio Serial on energy conservation for mass awarness. Revamped Energy Audits and created a data base thereof. Expanded the scope of Conservation Research manyfolds. Initiated policies and programs for the ministry on Bio Diesel.

  • On study leave, for my private study on Spatial analysis of Crime Against Women.

  • Joint Secretary, National Commission for Women, (Government of India). 8/98 to 6/01.The National Commission for Women�s Act of 1990 is meant for stopping violence and discrimination against women, carrying out necessary legal amendments for this purpose, carrying out studies, giving policy guidelines for economic, social and political empowerment of women, speedy redress to various types of grievances of women and a proper treatment to Jail inmates. As Joint Secretary I helped the Commission and the Member Secretary in carrying out this mandate as also in routine administration. In addition, I undertook tours throughout the country and looked after the complaints, investigation and legal cell. I attended the UN meeting on CEDAW implementation.

  • Managing Director, Maharashtra State Farming Corporation, Pune 9/97 to 7/98.The Maharashtra State Farming Corporation holds 70,000 acres of land half of which is under sugercane. The MSFC is thus, the biggest sugarcane grower in the whole Asia. This is a commercial division and as Managing Director I looked after entire administration, production, future plans etc.

  • Settlement Commissioner, Maharashtra, 12/95 to 9/97.As settlement Commissioner and Director of Land Records I supervised the complete functioning of land records, land measurement, mapping, computerisation of land records, survey and settlement work of various types especially on the land acquisition and rehabilitation of project affected persons. I was also incharge of training the entire staff of settlement department and revenue departments for computerisation of land records in all districts of Maharashtra including Mega cities and other municipal corporations.

  • Divisional Commissioner, Nashik 6/94 to 11/95 AND Vice-Chancellor of Open University, Nashik, 1/95 to 5/95. As Divisional Commissioner I was supervising the work of four collectors, CEOs and regional officers of all the departments of government in the division including such as DIG, Chief Engineers (PWD) and irrigation, Director, Health services, etc. I was also Vice Chancellor of four district planning and development councils. I also worked as Vice Chancellor of Nashik Open University for five months looking after the entire University administration, curricular development, future projects etc.

  • Director, National Institute of Naturopathy, GoI, Ministry of Health 12/90 to 04/94.Worked as Director of National Institute of Naturopathy, Government of India, Pune. I established a nation wide network of naturopaths and prepared many policy papers for the Deptt. on different issues in naturopathy.

  • Addl. Director and Director YASHADA (State Institute of Rural Development and Administrative Training Institute), Govt. of Maharashtra 10/89 to 11/90. Incharge of entire training for rural development for government officers and NGOs and elected members of Panchayati Raj system. Also looked after the administrative works of the institute first as Additional Director and later as Director.

  • M.Sc. Student Under Colombo Plan 9/88 to 9/89 at Bradford U.K. Training in U.K. for the degree of M.Sc. in Project Planning and National Development Plan

  • Managing Director, WMDC, (Western Maharashtra Development Corporation 6/85 to 9/88.Incharge of planning and designing industrial policy, working for promotion for large, medium, small and tiny industries, implementation of EPP, PSI and sharing capital participation schemes for promotionof industries in 9 districts. Also ex-officio Member of the Regional Industrial Credit Policy of NABARD and other banks. Also incharge of entrepreneurship development activities. As Managing Director I was also looking after the commercial production of four prestigious owned ventures namely:

    1. Maharashtra Scooters - Producing Priya Scooters

    2. Abhijit Samaya Darshika - assembling HMT watches

    3. Chitali Distillery - then the largest distillery in Maharashtra producing industrial alcohol

    4. Devdasi rehabilitation project- for economic rehabilitation of 150 devadasis.

  • Collector, Sangli, 1/84 to 6/85.Entire revenue, magistrial and municipal administration of the Sangli distgrict. Also acted as Court under various Acts. Ex-officio Member-Secretary of the district planning and development council and hence, responsible for overall planning for the district and coordination among various district level implementing agencies. Also ex-officio Joint Director, Industries, responsible for promoting Industrial Development. Also ex-officio Chairman of the District Rural Credit Policy for the banks and for monitoring, the loan under IRDP. Also incharge of entire planning and implementation of employment guarantee scheme under which during lean seasons work force of nearly 80,000 unskilled labours had to be supplied with work.


  • Chief Executive Officer, Sangli , 5/82 to 1/84 and Chief Executive Officer, Aurgangabad , 4/81 to 3/82.In charge of all developmental activities to be implemented through the decentralised pattern of village, taluka and district level elected bodies. The functional areas were agriculture, animal husbandry, education, health, family planning, social welfare, IRDP, DPEP, Minor irrigation and Water Management and Road and Building works in the district. Chairing banker's coordination on Rural credit.

  • Addl. Collector, Urban Land Ceiling , 7/79 to 2/81, Implementation of Urban Land ceiling Act, declaration and delienation of surplus land and planning urban facilities on the surplus land.

  • Deputy Secretary, Education, Government of Maharashtra, 10.78 to 7.79.I was incharge of two new schemes which had started just then namely :

    1. Adult Education,

    2. Non-formal education.

  • Assistant Collector, Pune 8/76 to 8/78.To look after entire revenue and magisterial work in the sub division and also work as court under various Acts.
  • Probationary IAS officer, 7/74 to 7/76.Getting training in various aspects of Administration at Mussorie and at District level (Pune), Maharashtra.