Durga Shakti Nagpal is an IAS Officer from Uttar Pradesh and was applauded recently for her bold steps against Sand Mafia, but suspended by UP Government on Communal Charges.
She was born on June 25 1985 at Agra. Her Father (now retired) worked as an Indian Defence Estates Services Officer in Rajasthan. She did B.Tech in Computer science during 2003-07, from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women.
She is married to Abhishek Singh who also is an IAS Officer and is posted as BDO in Noida. Durga was one of the toppers of the 2009 Civil Services Examination securing Rank 20 among all IAS Candidates.
Her Grandfather was a Police Officer and was murdered in 1954 while performing his duty in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi. Her Father (now retired) worked as an Indian Defence Estates Services Officer in Rajasthan. Her Father was awarded President Medal for doing distinguish service while serving at Delhi Cantonment Board as a Cantt. Executive Officer.
Initially she was allotted Punjab Cadre and was posted at Mohali. Later She was transferred to UP in August 2012 on the ground of her marriage to 2011 batch IAS, Abhishek Singh. Abhishek natively belongs to the state of Chhattisgarh. She was appointed as Sub Divisional Magistrate Sadar at Noida in September 2012.
Durga came to limelight in July first week when she clamped down on illegal mining, seized 24 dumpers and 300 trolleys engaged in illegal quarrying in the Yamuna and Hindon river banks . She also got 15 people arrested in the Gautam Buddha Nagar and Greater Noida and imposed a fine of INR2 crore (US$338,000) on them
It was due to her efforts that since April 2013, the Uttar Pradesh Police had filed 17 FIRs and in 22 cases arrested illegal sand dredgers. From April to June 2013, the police had impounded 297 vehicles and machinery used for illegal mining and collected Rs 82.34 lakh in fines.
She was suspended on July the midnight of July 25 under controversial circumstances and has been transferred to the Revenue Board.