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Dr C K Gariyali, aged 72, is a retired IAS officer and holds a Doctorate in Women Studies and she has been Principal Secretary to the Governor of Tamil Nadu from 2005- 2008 and Secretary to Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 2001-2002 and she has been district collector of Madras and South Arcot Districts from 1981-1984 and she has held various administrative positions in various government organisations during her career.

She has worked with various International Agencies like World Bank, DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency), CIRDAP (Centre for Integrated Rural Development in Asia and Pacific), IFAD (International Food and Agricultural Development Agency), etc.

She has served on various committees constituted by Government of India and International Agencies like

  • National Committee on Maternal and Child Health
  • National Committee on Social Security and Safety Net
  • National Committee on School Noon – Meal Program
  • UNICEF Committee on Twenty Point Programme for child.

Dr C K Gariyali is involved in various community work with prime focus on women empowerment, poverty eradication and reduction, amongst the women through self- help groups/movements and she is a founder trustee of Equitas Development Initiative Trust which primarily focuses on empowering small business women, vendors and hawkers and improving their standards and quality of living.

She has authored various books on women empowerment and received various state awards from Government of Tamil Nadu and India and from NABARD for Excellence in Credit Linkage to Self Help Groups.