excise commissioner in Madhya Pradesh. After taking charge of his new assignment, he was surprised that the annual excise earning for the state of Madhya Pradesh remained at about Rs 800 crore for the previous 10 years. He did some back-of the-envelope analysis to figure out that unless transparency was brought into the system and the very character of the trade is altered, the revenue could not be raised.
He decided to fix liquor license prices at a higher rate and introduced a lottery system to decide who should get those permits. As it turned out, a number of educated people came forward and applied for liquor shop licenses, and the liquor lobby that used to capture the licenses earlier, was cornered. And the excise revenue registered a 25% increase in the very first year itself. And eight years later, Madhya Pradesh earned about Rs 4,000 crore a year as excise revenue. Interestingly, some women entrepreneurs too jumped into the bandwagon and began running liquor shops, a business which was once dominated by a few men.
Those who know Rawat say he is the true gentleman IAS. Soft-spoken but a staunch follower of the rule book, Rawat is widely respected by his bureaucrat colleagues and politicians alike.
He was principal secretary to Babu Lal Gaur, the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (2004 and 2006). Later, he served as union secretary of department of public enterprises (DPE) and held additional charge of department of heavy industries as well.
Rawat is a recipient of Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration in 2010 for recognition of forest rights in Madhya Pradesh.
Born in December 1953, Rawat will get a tenure in Election Commission till December 2018. According to rules, Election Commissioner or Chief Election Commissioner gets a six-year-long tenure in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.