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Shri K.Padmanabhaiah


Born on 6th Oct 1938 in a village in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, he obtained a Masters degree in Science from Andhra University, and a Masters degree in Financial Management, from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai, standing first in the university in both the cases.

He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1961 and was allotted to the Maharashtra cadre. He served Government of Maharashtra in a variety of important positions like Director of Sugar Co-operatives; District Collector, Nashik: Principal Secretary, Planning; Principal Secretary, Finance; and Municipal Commissioner of Greater Bombay (now Mumbai). His performance as Municipal Commissioner, Greater Bombay (1990-91) received wide acclaim in the press and public, and he was awarded the prestigious Gaints International’s Award for excellence in Civic Administration (1991).

He served Government of India as Joint Secretary, Petroleum; Joint Secretary, Power; Minister Economic in Indian High Commission in London; and Secretary of Urban Development and Housing(1993). Subsequently he worked as Secretary Civil Aviation; and Chairman of both Air India and Indian Airlines(1994). He was appointed as Union Home Secretary and Secretary Jammu & Kashmir Affairs(1994-1997).By 1994 the entire civil administration and political process in the Kashmir valley was in disarray, and insurgency was at its peak. As Union Home Secretary he played an extremely crucial role in reviving the political process in Jammu & Kashmir State during 1994-1997, and in holding the very first elections in the insurgency ridden State after a gap of nine years. His work received nation-wide recognition, and he was awarded the Shiromani Award for National Development and Integration (1996) and the Priyadarshini Award for outstanding Public Service (1996).

After retirement in 1997 he was appointed as the Government of India Representative for Naga Peace talks. He persuaded the Naga rebel leadership who were based abroad for decades, to come back to India, persuaded them to move away from their rigid stand of sovereignty, continued the dialogue with patience & perseverance, and persuaded them to continue the ceasefire which led to peace in Nagaland and Naga-inhabited areas of the North East. He relinquished this post on 31st August 2009 on completion of tenure.

He also chaired the Committee on Police Reforms (2000), Most of his recommendations on police reforms have been accepted by Government for implementation.

He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2008 for Distinguished service of a High Order to the Nation in the field of Civil service. He and his wife live in Hyderabad. Since Nov 2015, he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, a very prestigious management institute. He speaks on various public issues and governance issues at various fora in the country. He has widely travelled in India and abroad. His interests include, reading, travelling, listening to music, walking, and watching plays and movies. He is a Director on a few NGOs involved with health care, rural development and financial inclusion.