Career

Department of School Education, Planning, Revenue and Resident Commissioner

Government of Uttarakhand
August 2021 – Present

Private Secretary to Union Minister of Education

Ministry of Education, Government of India
July 2019 – July 2020

  • Assisted the Minister in formulating the landmark New National Education Policy (NEP) of India, National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) and National Educational Technology Forum (NETF) for Ministry of Education.
  • Facilitated the policy dialogue of the Minister titled “Shiksha Samvad (Townhall)”, an extensive stakeholder consultation with teachers and students.
  • Persuaded the legislative process for various bills such Central Sanskrit University Act, Reservations of Faculty positions.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of New Education Policy, 2020 by developing a tracking mechanism for both Higher and School Education.
  • Raised Rs.10 crore funds for Uttarakhand Government during COVID-19 by building strategic partnerships and resource mobilization through non-governmental organizations.
  • Strengthened International relations with diverse institutions like UNESCO, Nehru Centre London, Quacquarelli Symonds, AIBC etc., by collaborating with them on various policy matters.
  • Implemented effective communication strategies and strengthened the presence of Hon’ble Minister in print, electronic and social media for continuous engagement through various platforms resulted in an increase of 1.4 million followers on Twitter.

Divisional Commissioner & Vice-Chancellor Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry

Government of Uttarakhand
February 2019 – July 2019
  • Organized and spearheaded the most significant pilgrim management of the Himalayan region flawlessly as Chairman of Chardham yatra Management.
  • Inputs on evidence-based policy-making for “One District-One destination” Tourism project and developing 280 Horticulture clusters in the Division.
  • Ideated and executed two new initiatives, “Polythene free pilgrimage” and “Plantation of trees at pilgrim sites in the names of ancestors”, to reduce the carbon footprint of the Himalayan region.
  • Instrumental in framing Plan and execution in development of accident-proof highways in the mountainous region, thus reducing the number of accidents by 15%.

Director

Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Government of India
June 2018 – January 2019
  • Reviewed and assisted in the legislative amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, India.
  • Conducted extensive legal research for Aadhar Judgement to seek authentication of beneficiaries who availed subsidies with a direct Aadhar enabled Payment System (AePS).
  • Administered appointments of Chairman CBDT, CBIC, Members of income tax Appellate tribunal and Director Enforcement Directorate.

Deputy Secretary

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India
June 2016 – May 2017
  • Executed the Budget Planning and monitored the budget sanctioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • Worked on Cabinet Proposal of Centre of Excellence responsible for the personnel training in Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • Prepared software for monitoring the work of FR 56 (Compulsory Retirement program) of the entire Government of India

Private Secretary to Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation

Government of India
July 2014 – May 2016
  • Contributed to research and drafting processes of disinvestment policy for India Tourism Development Corporation hotels.
  • Drafted legislative policy papers, internal memorandum, public correspondence, and Parliamentary questions and aided the Minister in the formulation of National Tourism policy and National Civil Aviation Policy.
  • Conducted in-depth data analysis of 5/20 rule and UDAAN Scheme to provide inputs to Minister for formulation policy under Ministry of Civil Aviation.
    Managed the Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme) based on analysis of tourist circuits and drafted the PRASAD guidelines.
  • Established advocacy networks at the international level by collaborating with UN World Tourism Organization to represent Tourism Ministry at the Global platform to discuss the policy issues.
  • Implemented the “Incredible India Campaign” in social media and media abroad under the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Prepared briefs to be answered by the Minister on the house floor on matters of urgent public importance.
  • Assisted Minister with providing updates of federal legislative matters on parliamentary affairs to timely implement policy/acts/laws/bills.

District Magistrate and Municipal Commissioner and Administrator Local Body

Government of Uttarakhand
November 2012 – July 2014
  • Conducted and attained incident-free Member of Parliament Elections held in 2014 for 12,58,495 eligible voters as Returning Officer for District Dehradun.
  • Operationalized two “Generic Medicine Stores” in Doon Hospital and Rishikesh Hospital, thus reducing the prices of medicines for people.
  • Ensured admission of 4,000 children in good public schools under below poverty line under the Right to Education Act.
  • Executed1098 Child Helpline in the district and ensured timely response is delivered to the problems of 4,51,320 children in the district.
  • Designed and initiated the “Anti-Polythene Campaign” Dehradun city was made polythene free in 6 months in collaboration with local shopkeepers, the model later adopted by the Uttarakhand State to make it Polythene free state.
  • Invented a model to provide alternate employment to beggars resulting in Dehradun city as a part of an anti-begging campaign to make Dehradun a “Beggar Free City”. The children of Beggars were ensured education through collaboration with non-governmental organizations.
  • Conducted the Mussoorie Winter Line Carnival-2014 for the first time by raising Rs. 20 million. Carnival is continued, and the recently concluded 6th edition is testimony to it.

Vice Chairman MDDA, Additional Secretary Housing & Food Distribution Department, Director ITDA

Government of Uttarakhand
August 2011 – November 2012
  • Accomplished the widening of Chakrata road to 24 meters by coordinating with the locals and agreeing on them to a
    Rehabilitation package to resolve the issue, which was pending for 15 years due to stiff resistance from the local shop keepers.
  • Formulated and introduced two new housing schemes in Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority.
  • Charted the Plan for the merger of ITDA and Hiltron and resolved the issues of employees in the two organizations.
  • Initiated the digitalization of Ration cards to weed out Ghost beneficiaries under the Government of India scheme.

District Magistrate and Collector

Government of Uttarakhand
August 2010 – October 2011
  • Outlined and enforced the Plan for the diversion of 5 rivers to reduce the impact of floods in the district.
  • Executed the Plan of action for starting the Indian Institute of Management in Kashipur by allocating 200 acres to the campus.
  • Distributed 2,000 Housing Plots to people living Below Poverty Line, thus implementing a proposal pending for the past ten years.
  • Facilitated the enrolment of approx. 5,000 beneficiaries under the National Old Age pension scheme.
  • Admission of 3000 children in Private schools under the Right to Education Act in the inception year of the act.
  • Streamlined revenue administration, adjudicated the highest number of revenue disputes in the revenue court.

Managing Director

Government of Uttarakhand
January 2010 – August 2010
  • Pioneered initiative for increasing the profitability of GMVN, having a Turnover of 1.2 billion and 1200 employees with 90 guest houses.
  • Developed the electronic payment gateway methodology and sanctioned funds to improve the infrastructure of the corporation.
  • Recruited 400 instructors, as Director of Industrial Training Institutes, single-handedly implementing the proposal, pending for ten years.
  • Implemented the World Bank scheme for up-gradation- of Industrial Training Institutes.

District Magistrate and Collector

Government of Uttarakhand
August 2008 – January 2010
  • Achieved the target of enrolling 10,000 people under National old-age pension, widow pension and disability pension.
  • Handled law and order in the conflicts and oppositions situation with regards to the closure of Lohari Nagpala and Pala Maneri Hydro Electric Projects, thereby assuring a smooth closure
  • Completed the works of Prime Ministers Package for Stabilization of Varuna Vrat Parvat Hill and 900 meters Tunnel Project in the record eight months.

Chief Development Officer

Government of Uttarakhand
July 2007 – July 2008
  • Accomplished the task of disbursing Microloans to below poverty line people and setting up standard operating procedures for the bank. Thereby gaining a rich first-hand experience of running a bank from a managerial and implementation perspective.
  • Implemented Rashtriya Swasth Bhima Yojna in the District of Dehradun for the first time. Identified the beneficiaries for the insurance-linked health care scheme and successfully established the protocols for running the scheme

Sub Divisional Magistrate

Government of Uttarakhand
July 2005 – July 2007
  • Led the implementation plan of diverting the course of River Kosi in Kashipur, thus averting flood to Ajeetpur Village with 5000 people.
  • Organized incident-free Melas (Pilgrimage Congregations) on the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar town.
    Business Process re-engineering:
  • Improved justice delivery and ensure speedy justice to the towns by disposing of a record number of court cases in the revenue courts.

Officer Trainee

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
2004 – 2005
  • Cleared the prestigious Civil Services examination with 42 rank.
  • Passed out of the academy with good grades in the following subjects:
    Basic Economic Principles and Five-year Plans
    Law
    Public Administration and Public Policy
    Political Concepts and Constitution of India
    Management and Behavioural Science
    Indian History and Culture

Officer Trainee

Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy
2003 – 2004
  • Cleared the prestigious Civil Services Examination with 62 Rank.
  • Worked as an officer trainee in Indian Police Service and learnt Public Policy, Indian Penal code, Indian Evidence Act, Criminal Jurisprudence.

Officer Trainee

Indian Postal Service
2002 – 2003
  • Cleared prestigious civil service with 172 rank. Entered the Prestigious National Postal Academy.
  • Handled complex mail delivery as Post master Waltair Railway Station.
  • Handled Money deposits in the Post office.
  • Learnt management of complex Postal system in India.
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