V. S. Ramadevi

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V. S. Ramadevi
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Chief Election Commissioner of India
In office
26 November 1990 – 12 December 1990
Preceded by R. V. S. Peri Sastri
Succeeded by T. N. Seshan
Secretary General of Rajya Sabha
In office
1 July 1993 – 25 September 1997[1]
Preceded by Sudarshan Agarwal
Succeeded by S. S. Sohoni[2]
Personal details
Born (1934-01-15)15 January 1934
Chebrolu, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 17 April 2013(2013-04-17) (aged 79)[3]
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Nationality Indian
Occupation civil servant

V. S. Ramadevi (born 15 January 1934 – 17 April 2013) M.A, L.L.M, was the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 26 November 1990 to 11 December 1990. She was the first woman to become Chief Election Commissioner of India. She was succeeded by T. N. Seshan. Ramadevi was the first (and till date, only woman) Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha from 1 July 1993 to 25 Septemner 1997.[4][5]


Ramadevi was born in Chebrolu of West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India on 15 January 1934 (which happens to be the date of the Sankranti harvest festival). She was educated in Eluru. She registered her name as advocate after completing M.A. LLB in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. She served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh[6] from 26 July 1997 to 1 December 1999 and as the Governor of Karnataka from 2 December 1999 to 20 August 2002.

She died on 17 April 2013 in her residence in HSR Layout Bangalore.[3]


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