Roshan Jacob

Dr. Roshan Jacob, IAS Officer has been appointed as the District Magistrate (DM) of Lucknow after current DM Abhishek Prakash tested positive for COVID-19. She is also the Special Secretary and Director, Geology, and Mining, Government of Uttar Pradesh- the first woman of the state to hold this position. Jacob Roshan’s first administrative role was of a Probationary IAS Officer in Jhansi and as per her over the 17-year-long career map, she has served as the District Magistrate of Bulandshahar, Basti, Gonda, Kanpur, and Rae Bareli.  Under her guidance, last year, UP stood as the first region in the country to commence mining activities amid a lockdown. She previously served as the district magistrate of Kanpur between 2014 and 2015.

Jacob has taken many initiatives to empower women in the Gonda district. During her tenure in Kanpur, the city administration successfully launched MyCity — Mera Shahar Meri Dekh Rekh Me project in 2014. Under her guidance, using social media platforms, six major segments including sanitation and garbage disposal, electricity, water supply, and sewerage system, had been identified. It was her effort that the authorities addressed people’s complaints relating to civic amenities. Jacob takes charge in Lucknow amid the COVID-19 surge in Uttar Pradesh, which is among the top states leading a rise in the national count, alongside Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, and Karnataka.

Uttar Pradesh recently imposed a night curfew in 10 districts that reported more than 2000 active cases of COVID-19. The pandemic seems to have worsened in the state as the number of active cases is almost double the highest active caseload reported last year. On April 15, the capital city Lucknow reported 35,865 active cases with other cities such as Prayagraj and Varanasi reporting 13,237 and 11,562 cases respectively.

Reaching the point of empty beds from the previous 6-7 hours of wait-time at hospitals in just a few weeks is also another coup that is credited to Roshan Jacob’s ramp of accomplishments. An embodiment of determination and inspiration, Roshan has emerged as one of the torchbearers of female empowerment, cracking down stereotypes and setting up new milestones.

Dr. Roshan Jacob Bio

Name: Dr. Roshan Jacob

Profession: District Magistrate (DM) of Lucknow; Special Secretary and Director, Geology, and Mining, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Date of Birth: 25th December 1978, 43 Years

Birth Place: Kerela, India


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