India’s first woman IAS officer post independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, died on Monday at her residence in Mumbai. However, the exact cause of her death so far remains unknown. Anna, who was 91, was known for her contribution in setting up India’s first computerised port – Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) – near Mumbai. Trained in horse riding and shooting, Anna was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award in the year 1989.
Anna, originally from Kerala, had married RN Malhotra, who served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1985 to 1990. Anna, who had worked closely with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1982, had also worked under seven chief ministers of Tamil Nadu. Malhotra had accompanied former prime minister Indira Gandhi on an eight-nation tour and had also served in the personnel department of the Union Home Ministry.