foreign educated men and women who have earlier worked with him. Pitroda was born at Titilagarh in Balangir district of Odisha in 1942, and despite being in US for many years, he kept in touch with the state all throughout. He will be given the rank of a cabinet minister, the statement further said.
“Pitroda, known for his characteristic bureaucrat-bashing, has roped in a slim and sophisticated non-bureaucrat team…(Nandan) Nilekani on his part has heavily banked on IAS and other Group A service officers to make his UID mission a success like his Infosys innings”, BoI wrote in a post titled “Nilekani’s UID team Vs Sam Pitroda’s bureaucrat-less innovative agenda” dated January 16, 2012.
Pitroda’s associates in UPA-II included Cambridge-educated Sukhman Randhawa (interned at BBC and the Penguin Group in London), Mitakshara Kumari (graduated from UK's University of Sussex and worked with European Union at Brussels), Rahul Nayar (M.Phil in technology policy at Cambridge), Vikas Bagri (a part of initiating a rural BPO) etc. Pitroda was then an advisor to former PM Manmohan Singh on public information infrastructure and innovation, mainly to help democratize information.
In UPA-I, he headed the National Knowledge Commission.
But, Pitroda’s association with the government dated back to early 1980s when he gave a presentation to the then PM Indira Gandhi. Later, he launched the Center for the Development of Telematics (C-DOT), and served as advisor to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was the first chairman of India’s Telecom Commission.