And BVR Subrahmanyam, a 1987 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS, is India’s 5th Most Powerful Bureaucrat, 2012. First, read what Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh himself has to say about BVR:
“I need an officer who has the experience and exposure in handling sensitive matter. The officer also needs to be someone who enjoys my trust and confidence. Due to these reasons, I have selected BVR…”. This is what PM wrote to Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh who had wanted his officer back to the state, as BVR was on deputation from the time Chhattisgarh was created in 2000. BVR joined as a joint secretary in PMO, his second innings in the South Block office, in March this year.
• BVR, an engineer and MBA (London Business School), was a director in commerce ministry when UPA government came to power in May 2004. Manmohan Singh chose this Andhra man as his private secretary. In four years and 21 days of working as PM’s private secretary, BVR became very close to Singh who in turn “trusts” this IAS officer completely.
• The second power-point of this man comes from his long association with Pulok Chatterji, principal secretary to PM. When Chatterji was the executive director in the World Bank, BVR was also stationed at Washington DC working as senior adviser to Chatterji at the rank of a joint secretary.
When Prime Minister took addition charge as finance minister for over a month recently, BVR was the PMO’s points-person for the 5-department-strong finance ministry. The communications from PM to North Block actually meant communications from BVR! And BVR's power punch continues...