Kiran Dhingra has assumed charge of office as Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj on Monday. An IAS officer of 1975 batch UT Cadre, Dhingra has previously served as Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Prior to Housing Kiran was Director General (Shipping), in the Ministry of Shipping and Joint Secretary in the Textiles Ministry. She has also served as Chief Secretary, Goa.

Kiran Dhingra replaces ANP Sinha, the former Secretary in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.