Ritu Maheshwari is an Indian civil servant. She is a 2003-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. In 2023, she was appointed as the Divisional Commissioner of Agra.
Ritu Maheshwari was born on Friday, 14 July 1978 (age 45 years; as of 2023) in Punjab, India. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. She did B.E. in electrical engineering at Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. Later, she pursued MBA in executive development at Amity University, Punjab.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Parents & Siblings
Her father is a businessman.
Wife & Children
She is married to Mayur Maheshwari, who is an IAS officer of the 2003 batch. The couple has two children.
In 2003, she began her training on the junior scale. In February 2005, she received her first posting as a joint magistrate and collector on the junior scale in Lucknow. In July 2005, she was appointed as a joint magistrate and collector in Allahabad during which she took care of land revenue management and district administration. In June 2007, she held the position of district collector in Ghazipur. She was appointed as an additional commissioner in Meerut in 2008 before she became the district magistrate and collector of Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, in 2009. In May 2010, she held the position of vice chairman of the Hapur Pilakhuwa Development Authority in Ghaziabad. After she came back from her maternity leave from September 2010 to March 2011, she became the managing director of KESCo (Kanpur Electricity Supply Company) in Kanpur Nagar. While working at KESCo, she initiated a dedicated drive to catch power thieves, fix tampered meters, and encourage consumers to pay their bills on time. According to the data on the power ministry’s website, losses at KESCO decreased to 15.6 per cent, which was half of the loss levels observed in 2015 and helped Kanpur in saving thousands of crores.
She was appointed to the position of district magistrate and collector in Pilibhit (2012), Sambhal (2012), and Shahjahanpur (2013). In 2013, she attended a mid-career training programme under which she studied personnel and general administration. In 2013, she received mid-career training for IAS Officers – Phase III for two months. From 2013 to 2014, she received an in-service training titled Fiscal Policy and Macroeconomic Management at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. In February 2013, she became the director (admin) of the Uttar Pradesh Medical and Health Service in Lucknow. In October 2013, she began to serve as the special secretary to the Food & Civil Supplies Department and the additional commissioner of Food & Civil Supplies of the U.P. Government. In May 2015, she was appointed as special secretary to the Government of U.P. Medical, Health & Family Welfare Department and director of Medical & Health Services. She began to work as general manager (HR) for GOI and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited in New Delhi in October 2015. In July 2017, she became the vice chairman of the Agra Development Authority. She was appointed as DM, collector, and vice chairman of the Ghaziabad Development Authority in October 2017. In 2019, she became the CEO of Noida and Greater Noida, and MD of Noida Metro Rail Corporation.
In July 2023, Lokesh M, a 2005-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, replaced Ritu Maheshwari as the CEO of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA). On 19 July 2023, she was appointed as the divisional commissioner of Agra replacing Amit Gupta, a 2000-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
In May 2022, the Allahabad High Court issued a non-bailable warrant against Ritu Maheshwari because she did not appear in court for a case concerning contempt of court related to land acquisition. The court instructed the police to bring her before the court next week. On 5 May 2022, Justice Saral Srivastava issued the order in response to a contempt plea filed by Manorama Kuchhal and another person whose land was acquired by the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) in 1990. They said that they did not receive fair compensation. On 28 April 2022, the court scheduled the matter to be heard on 4 May 2022, and Ritu was instructed to be present; however, despite receiving the summons, she did not appear during the hearing. The Court observed,
Considering the fact that the order of Writ Court has not been complied with despite the fact that the possession of the land of the applicants had been taken over by the NOIDA illegally in the year 1990 without paying even a single penny as compensation. When the Court summoned the CEO, NOIDA in a contempt proceeding, she did not appear before the Court, when the matter was taken up which led her counsel to request the Court not to take up the matter till she reaches the Court as her flight is delayed, this Court finds that such conduct of CEO, NOIDA amounts to deliberate and willful disrespect to the Court, as the Officer of the rank of Chief Executive Officer of a Corporation expected the Court to take up the matter at her mercy, therefore, this Court finds it to be a fit case where non-bailable warrant be issued against the CEO, NOIDA.”
Sentenced to Jail
In January 2023, as per reports, Ritu Maheshwari was sentenced to one month in jail, and an arrest warrant was issued by the Greater Noida police authority. She was sentenced to prison in a case involving a plot allottee and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA). The case was filed approximately 18 years ago, relating to an incident that occurred in 2001. The case was filed against Ritu and GNIDA when a man named Mahesh Mitra applied for a plot of land in 2001; however, GNIDA did not allocate the land to Mitra, so he filed a case in the District Consumer Forum in 2005. As per the agreement, the GNIDA was supposed to allocate a plot of land between 1000 to 2500 square meters to Mitra; however, the allocation did not happen, leading to a legal dispute. The Greater Noida Authority was also instructed to pay all the legal expenses related to the case. As a result, the GNIDA approached the State Consumer Commission, which ruled in 2010 that the registration amount of Rs 20,000 paid by Mitra to the Development Authority would be refunded to him. In 2014, the National Consumer Commission got involved in the case and ruled in favour of Mahesh Mitra. On 14 July 2017, the bank accounts of the GNIDA were attached by the District Consumer Forum. In response, the Greater Noida Development Authority appealed to the State Consumer Commission, opposing this action. The State Commission then nullified the judgment issued by the District Consumer Forum. Later, the District Consumer Forum issued an order in the case, resulting in an arrest warrant being issued for Ritu Maheshwari. She was fined Rs 2000 and a warrant was sent to the Gautam Buddh Nagar Police Commissioner to arrest her.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 2011: State e-Governance Award 2009-10 for Communications & Information Technology by IT & Electronics department
- 2012: National Award for e-governance 2010-11 for Health & Family Welfare by the Department of Administrative Reforms
- 2012: UN Public Service Delivery Award for Public Administration by United Nations, New York (USA)
- 2018: Patent Award for the project in the health sector ‘Aarogyam’ at National Intellectual Property Awards
Feel happy to share that We received Patent award today from Honorable Commerce Minister , GOI, for our patent in health sector- Aarogyam..Patent rights already handed over to GOI..@mayurias pic.twitter.com/eb6i6TBhh5
— Ritu maheshwari (@rituias2003) April 26, 2018
- 2018: National Intellectual Property Award for Health & Family Welfare by the Ministry of Commerce
- 2018: Fastest Moving City (Noida) for Municipal Administration by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
- 2018: Open Defecation Free (ODF) (Noida) for Municipal Administration by Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)
- 2021: ODF (Greater Noida) for Municipal Administration by Ministry of Urban Affairs
- 2021: 1st Rank as India’s Cleanest City (Greater Noida) for Municipal Administration by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
- 2021: 5-Star Garbage Free City (Greater Noida) for Municipal Administration by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Her salary is estimated to be Rs 37400-67000.
- In her leisure time, she likes to watch movies with her family.
- In an interview, she revealed that if she had not become an IAS officer, she would be an entrepreneur.
- In 2022, she went to Sydney to persuade foreign investors to make investments in foreign companies in Noida and Greater Noida for the purpose of the Global Investors Summit.