From a Freelance Journalist to IAS: Pune Native Mrunmai Joshi Now Palakkad District Collector


Not many are aware of the fact that S Balakrishnan, a native of Natham village in Dindigul district, a retired IAS (Odisha cadre) was once a Sub-Editor at Dinamani, Madurai edition. Toeing his line, Thirty year old Mrunmai Joshi, who was a freelance journalist during her UG course in Pune worked for Times of India, cleared her civil services and assumed charge as District Collector of Palakkad.
It is interesting to infer that Mrunmai Joshi covered hyper local civic issues besides profiling famous personalities, Good samaritans and about voluntary organisations. Moreover, she is the daughter of former Mumbai High Court judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi. Stepping into her mom’s shoes, she pursued her law course at Bharati Vidyapeeth in Pune and did her Masters in Public Policy in University of Oxford through Chevening Scholarship.
After clearing her civil services in the second attempt, Mrunmai Joshi, who was allotted to Kerala cadre, is serving in the State since 2013 in different capacities as Additional Tourism, Kozhikode Corporation Commissioner, Executive Director, water resources, COVID-19 war room incharge and presently staff officer to Chief Secretary at the secretariat.
Noteworthy to mention her role as incharge for COVID-19 war room in ensuring movement and supply of essential commodities inter and intra State besides resolving other issues about inter state movement of people during lockdown, issues of migrant labourers, facilitating movement of foreigners and Keralites stranded at different locations and facilitating movement of migrant workers from Kerala to other States.
Mrunmai Joshi got in wedlock during 2018 with Rohan Katepallewar, who is programs manager at Valid International, an organisation in Oxfordshire which is involved in improving global health and nutrition with evidence-based, equitable and high impact solutions.

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