as financial services secretary was Verma’s immediate boss. Rai later became the country’s Comptroller and Auditor General and anchored a number of controversial audit reports including those on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations, the investigations of which are still on.
Verma, 54, is now a principal secretary to Bihar’s Panchayati Raj department. Earlier, he had served as collector of Muzaffarpur and commissioner of Purnia, both located in Bihar. In 1990s, he was on a Central deputation and served in the ministries of commerce and home affairs. He also sat in the board of a number of public sector banks and financial institutes.
A post graduate in political science, Verma has a working knowledge of German language.
As the head of Inland Waterways Authority of India, he would be instrumental in anchoring infrastructure development on national waterways through grants received from the ministry of shipping. The authority is headquartered at Noida, and has its regional offices at Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi.