Friday, October 17, 2014

Know Your Babu: New coal secretary and UP cadre IAS Anil Swarup

Anil Swarup, a 1981 batch UP cadre IAS and additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, will be the new coal secretary. Being the head of the Project Monitoring Group, a mechanism created by the last government to coordinate between warring ministries (for example, coal and power) and clear as many as 215 stalled projects valued at Rs 7 lakh crore, Swarup has been quite familiar…
with the affairs of the coal ministry. Yet, the government did not want to take risks by straightaway appointing him as secretary in the ministry that has been mired with controversies over the years – the cancellation of all but four coal allocations since 1993 by the Supreme Court recently being the latest blow. For the coming fortnight, Swarup will be the Officer-in-Special Duty (OSD) in the ministry, working closely with outgoing coal secretary SK Srivastava before taking over the charge of coal secretary on October 31, 2014.
An MA in political science, Swarup originally hails from Uttar Pradesh itself.
In early 1990s, he was collector of Kheri dsitrict. In his over three decades long career, he served as secretary, industries in UP and Managing Director of Pradeshiya Industries and Investment Corporation of UP (PICUP). At the Centre, he was an export commissioner under Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), and chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an agency under the union ministry of commerce and industry.
Between 2006 and 2013, Swarup was with the union labour ministry, first as joint secretary and then as additional secretary. In labour ministry, he was a key driver implementing the national health insurance scheme – the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a cashless and smartcard-based health insurance scheme which benefited about 90 million people and was chosen by UNDP as one of the best social security schemes for publication.
As Swarup’s date of birth is July 1, 1958, he will retire a month earlier, i.e. June 2018, than the officer who was born a day later. In government, everyone who completes 60 years of age between the 2nd and 31st day of the month, retires on the same day – i.e. the last day of the month.

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