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JNPT condoles the death of Anna Malhotra former Chairman (chairperson) of JNPT

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Date: 18/09/2018
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JNPT management today expressed its deepest condolences on the passing away of Mrs. Anna Malhotra, former chairman (chairperson) of JNPT when the port was commissioned in 1989.

In its condolence message JNPT stated that “ the port will be always grateful to the former Chairperson of JNPT and we are sure that Mrs. Malhotra would have been very proud of the pre-eminent position the port has achieved today. JNPT pays its condolences and prayers and stands with her family in this hour of sorrow”.

First woman IAS officer in the post-Independent India, Mrs. Malhotra served with great distinction and served the country in various capacities including as the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and education.

At JNPT she started the work from scratch on marshy salt pan land. Obviously, it also involved great personal sacrifice as she had to start very early in the morning from the RBI Governor's residence on Carmichael Road in South Bombay to catch a boat at 7 am from the Gateway to set out for Nhava Sheva, then just a deserted cluster of villages. Her husband, Mr. R.N.Malhotra was then the governor of Reserve Bank of India.

Mrs. Malhotra adopted a very positive approach to the development of JNPT and resolved many hurdles including environmental resistance with great understanding and was successful in winning over the locals in this process of building a national asset. JNPT proudly recalls her memorable role as the chairperson of JNPT and the immense contribution she made to build JNPT in the initial phase.

Anna Malhotra was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 1989 for her illustrious contribution to civil service and to Indian society.

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