Thursday, June 04, 2015

Know Your Babu: New mines secretary Balvinder Kumar is learning more about "mind and consciousness"

BALVINDER Kumar has been appointed as the secretary, ministry of mines. Earlier he was serving as Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) vice-chairman.
Kumar, a 1981-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, was the chairman of Noida Authority before his stint at DDA. He will succeed...
Dr Anup K Pujari, another IAS officer of 1980 batch, who will assume the charge of secretary, ministry of micro, small and medium Enterprises.
An avid blogger, he regularly updates his blog at
A prolific writer, Kumar in his blog says he is keenly interested in cosmology, quantum physics, brain science including neuroscience, philosophy of religion and various aspects of spirituality.
He is also learning more about brain, mind and consciousness.
Kumar was earlier posted as additional secretary in department of agriculture. He has worked on various assignments in both the Central and the state government.
He was director, and then joint secretary in the department of fertilisers from May 1999 to June 2004. He also worked as chairman and chief executive officer of Noida Authority, vice-chairman, Lucknow Development Authority, managing director of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation and district magistrate in Moradabad and Rampur district.
He was principal secretary in department of social welfare, women and child development, taxation, food and civil supplies, revenue, etc. in Uttar Pradesh.


  1. Sir,
    My heartiest welcome to you as the Secretary-Mines. I do hope that your stewardship will revamp Geological Survey of India to a new avatar. Lack of Inter and intra departmental coordination has put decision of revision of pay/pension to Survey workers of GSI at lurch for past over two years. GSI Portal deficiencies are also required immediate attention.
    Please Sir, take cognizance of the setbacks through a thorough introspection and intervene about the prevalent setbacks. Thanks and regards.

  2. May I please ask Mr Balvinder Kumar if by now he has weighed mind and consciousness of GSI officers? He had recently an emergency meeting with GSI, CHq, officers at Kolkata. Did he notice that GSI, CHq keeps mum over uniformity in implementation of G.O. at all the offices of GSI and GSI Portal take a little care to respond online feedback and query. Prevalent condition of governance collapse as GSI, NR, Lucknow is obsessed about not giving revised pension benefits to Survey workers in accordance of DOPT rules and maintaining parity with other offices of GSI. GSI, Lucknow office should not be allowed to go ahead with draconian diktat. More than two and half years have already lapsed about prevalent log jammed situation.

  3. The Offshore Mining Scam needs Mr Balvinder Kumar's attention ASAP or niche player companies like us [ Ti-Slag (India) Private Limited ] with trained manpower, global contacts and senior citizen shareholders will have to bear losses in crores of rupees.

  4. Mr Balvinder Kumar should first help tech-companies like us, innocently caught up in the Offshore Mining Scam. Companies like us cannot weather the imposed wait as any flight of capital and FDI contacts will do irreparable damage to our 'Make-in-India' ventures on the Konkan Coast (Maharashtra).