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T.S.R. Subramanian retired from public service in India after a distinguished career spanning 37 years.  He has held the highest civil service position viz. the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India, as also the position of Chief Secretary in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of India.   His other civil service posts in the government of India include Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles and Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce.  He has been the Agriculture Production Commissioner as well as the Director of Industries in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. 

 He has dealt with policy formulation and program implementation at the highest national level in India.  He has been closely connected with the economic and social sectors, rural / agriculture sectors, and industry and commerce development at federal and state level.  Significant attempts at administrative reforms were initiated by him during his tenure as Cabinet Secretary: these include the first draft of the Right to Information Act, steps for bringing in transparency in Government activities, a Citizens Charter for all public service organizations and reforms in the telecom sector and a thrust towards improvement of the infrastructure.

For about 5½ years, Subramanian worked with the International Trade Centre, a specialized trade promotion organization in the UN system, promoted jointly by UNCTAD and WTO, as a Senior Advisor.

After retirement in 1998, Subramanian regularly contributes in the media; also delivers lectures on divers topics in many fora, including universities, and other institutions.  He has also authored a best-selling book "Journeys Through Babudom and Netaland – Governance in India", a critique of governance in India; the Hindi version of the book has also been recently published.  He is closely involved in the management of some large companies in India, as Director; and is also associated with some voluntary agencies.

Subramanian obtained his masters degree from Calcutta University, and has studied at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and has a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University.

He currently resides at Noida, a suburb of Delhi.

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