Nalini Netto is 1981 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre. She is widely regarded as one of the most honest, hardworking and people centric officers of Kerala. Her performance as Chief Secretary, Chief Electoral Officer and Home Secretary has been stupendous. As the transport secretary, she had taken stern action against a powerful minister in 2000. She is known for not making any compromises. In fact, she has recently resigned from the post of Principal Secretary to the CM of Kerala as she was being pressurized to make compromises.
Nalini comes from a very humble family. Her father was a well – known professor of Mathematics and social worker. He had always encouraged daughters to go for higher studies and dream high. The family made a sort of records when two daughters – Nalini and her cousing Girija – cracked UPSC Civil Services Examination. Girija is the current Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu.