Our Mentors - By IAS For IAS
Mr. Vivek Harinarain joined the IAS in 1980 - TN Cadre and started his career as Sub-Collector, Hosur; he went on and served in various assignments in the State Government and Government of India including District Collector Thanjavur, Ministry of Commerce (GOI) and Secretary Information Technology (Govt. of Tamil Nadu). During his tenure software exports from Tamil Nadu grew from INR 1900 crores in 2001 to over INR 10000 crores in 2005. Vivek was the Commissioner-in-Charge for Nagapattinam when on December 26, 2004 the Tsunami struck the shores of India. His exemplary leadership in executing relief & rehabilitation operations under risky situations made him a remarkable civil servant of his times.
A strong believer in Gandhi's ideals, Mr. K. Lakshmi Kanthan Bharathi prefers to be known as a former freedom fighter than a retired bureaucrat. Hailing from a family of freedom fighters, Young Lakshmi Kanthan Bharathi took part in several freedom protests. He turned a Gandhian after he attended a meeting of Gandhi.He worked hard on his studies from then on and went on to clear the civil services examinations after Independence. As the district collector, he introduced the mass contact programme in villages which was organized on the fifth of every month. He instructed officials to take action within 30 days of submission of a petition.He also served as secretary to government in the departments of Forests, health and family welfare, nutrition meals. As the general secretary of Gandhi Makkal Iyakkam, his aim is to motivate people to follow the ideals of the Mahatma and have them incorporated in government policy.
Mr. S. S. Jawahar has served in TN Civil Service and in Indian Administrative Service IAS for 36 years and retired as Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu. He served in different capacities in the Government and noteworthy are Gazetted PA to Bharat Ratna Dr.MGR and Mrs.Janaki MGR. He served as Deputy Secretary to Hon'ble CM Dr.J.Jayalalitha from 1991 to 1996 and Deputy Secretary to Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri. S.L.Khurana for 2 years.He was Collector in Madurai for 3 years from 2006 to 2009 and secured Best Collector Award. He was chosen by International Labour Organization ILO, Geneva for his Social Awareness programfor Child Labour Rehabilitation.
KP Singh, IRS, 1991 Batch served as Commissioner Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax at the time of his voluntary retirement and is a qualified lawyer and specializes in Indirect Taxes, in particular Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax, Narcotics, including Money Laundering, Economic Offences, GST, and SCOMET matters. He has an experience of over 25 years in the field of Indirect Tax including over 23 years of experience with the Indian Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax Department as class 1 officer, where he held several important positions. These include Assessment, Audit, Investigations, Enforcement, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Search and Seizures. He has also extensive experience in handling Commercial /Tax crimes, DGFT, Gems & Jewellery, EOU and SEZ matters during the course of his employment with the Ministry of Finance.
Mr.Nandakumar IRS of 2004 batch who is now an assistant director, investigation department in the Income Tax office at Nungabakkam, Chennai, is truly a great inspiration and role model for many aspirants. He was a school dropout and spent his childhood in selling lottery tickets, worked in mechanic shops and TV repair centers. However through constant effort, Mr.Nandakumar secured 52% in +2 exams despite his dyslexia. He was refused admission into UG course at many colleges due to his average performance, but finally he went on to pass out with distinction in English literature at Dr.Ambedkar Arts and Science College. He cleared both Group 2 and Group 1 TNPSC exams. In 1997, he started preparing for the UPSC exam and with sheer determination cracked this exam and now holds a prestigious post in the Indian Government.
Mr. Ajit Kumar, IAS (Retired), served as a Defense Secretary, Industry Secretary, Chairman of FIPB and Finance Secretary to the Government of India. He has over 38 years of high level administrative experience.He holds M.A in English Literature and ranked first in the Punjab University.
Mr.Balachandhran has about 34 years of experience in Government Service at senior bureaucratic levels during which period also held brief stints as Advisor, World Bank (August 1998), Director General, Federation of Indian Export Organizations (August 2003 - July 2005). He specialized in policy formulation and project implementation in areas of rural and urban development including water supply, sanitation, infrastructure & bio-safety and biodiversity for about 20 years. (In Government of India in the Ministries of Welfare, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Environment & Forests, Health & Family Welfare, Home Affairs, Department of Space, and Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers for a period exceeding 13 years). Apart from being in-charge of budgetary provisions in all field assignments and secretariat jobs, with reference to their respective allocations, also specialized as Financial Advisor to the Department of Space in Government of India.
Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose IAS, Hon'ble Advisor to the Government of Meghalaya, eminent civil servant, housing expert, innovator, writer and orator superannuated from service at the rank of Chief Secretary and Secretary to Govt. of India.Dr. Bose has worked as Secretary to Chief Minister of Kerala and Principal Secretary in various ministries such as Education, Forest & Environment, Labour, General Administration and Revenue Board.Dr. Bose has been a recipient of 25 International and National awards for his outstanding contributions in different fields. He was Chairman of the working group which prepared the development agenda for the Prime Minister of India, Sri. Narendra Modi. Dr. Bose's concept of 'affordable housing for all Indians' was adopted by the Prime Minister for implementation throughout the country.
Shri R.Sekar was the former Principal Commissioner, Customs & Central Excise Department, Government of India. He as posted as the first Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, in 2004, exclusively to deal with matters pertaining to Service Tax. Taxation of services in India evolved in a significant way during the period 2004-2008. Service Tax Revenue during this period increased from 4,000 Crores to 65,000 Crores. Mr.R.Sekar proposed the concept of levy of Central Excise Duty on Excisable Goods on the basis of MRP. He played a significant role during this period as JS(TRU). He has been associated with the formulation of 15 central budgets.
Mr.Nedumaran is a BDS graduate who went ahead clearing the civil service exam in 2014. He is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai. He is deeply committed in motivating the young aspirants in the field of civil services and has about 15 years of experience in empowering the youth of today with the strategies to crack the UPSC exam.
Mr.Venkadesh Narayanan cleared the Indian Civil Services Examination in the year 2000 and underwent training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration - Mussoorie, Railway Staff College - Baroda andNational Institute of Financial Management - Faridabad. During his service in IRAS, he served as Senior Systems Analyst, Financial Advisor (Pension) and Divisional Finance Manager at Southern Railways.