Arti Dogra, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre has emerged as an example in the administrative class of women IAS across the country and it would not be wrong to say that she has introduced several models for change in society.
Born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Arti is only 3 feet six inches, which led her to face discrimination since childhood.
IAS Arti Dogra was born to Colonel Rajendra Dogra in the Indian Army and mother Kumkum who was the principal in a school. During her birth, doctors categorically stated that Arti would not be able to study in a normal school. Ignoring the doctors and conventional society, Arti went to a prestigious Welham Girls School in Dehradun and graduated in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, DU.
In her administrative career, IAS officer Arti Dogra has been in many top positions. So far, she was handling the responsibility of the District Collector of Ajmer.
Earlier, she has been on the post of managing director of Jodhpur Discom. She was the first woman IAS to serve on such an important post. Due to her accomplishments, Arti Dogra has received many honors from the state level to the national level.
In 2019, Arti received the National Award by President Ram Nath Kovind and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for her stellar performance as the District Election Officer in Ajmer during the recently held assembly polls in Rajasthan.
The IAS officer took it upon herself to encourage the differently able people of the district to cast votes and take part in the democratic exercise to elect the representatives to the State Assembly.
She assigned the Booth Level Officers for providing assistance to and motivating all the differently able voters at their respective booths. She arranged vehicles – “Divyang Raths” – in all the assembly constituencies in the district to help the people with disabilities to come to the polling stations and cast votes. She ensured 874 wheelchairs with at least two in every Gram Panchayat. It was for her efforts that 17000 differently able voters came to their respective booths and took pledge to vote.