Name of the
: Shri M.M.
Also studied "Social Development Planning" in the then
Asian Institute for Development, Bangkok and also "Urban
Development and Planning" in the U.N. Institute in Nagoya,
Field of Work – Positions : Wide experience in development administration at the held
with details grass roots, having been District Collector of two
major districts for over 4 years and Secretary in the Rural
Development and Local Administration Department of the
State of Tamil Nadu.
Extensive experience in Labour and Industrial Relations as a
successful Labour Commissioner for over 3 years, Secretary in
the State Department of Labour and Employment and at the
national level as member of the Committee on Labour Welfare
and National Committee on Child Labour.
State Level Experience covers General Administration and
other important areas particularly in infrastructure, having been
Secretary of Departments of Power, Irrigation, Water Supply,
Roads, Buildings, Housing and Urban Development. Has been
Chairman and Chief Executive of two major State Government
undertakings, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and Tamil Nadu
Housing Board. Has also been part-time Chairman of Public
Sector/Joint Sector undertakings and part-time Director of
many State and Central Government undertakings.
Was appointed Chief Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu in
February, 1988, when the State was under President’s Rule and
continued as Chief Secretary under an elected Government from
January, 1989 till January, 1991. Moved to Government of India
and worked as Secretary in two Ministries including as Secretary,
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs from where retired in 1993.
Important contributions in : In the Government of India, worked for 5 years Joint
public life (with details) Secretary in the then Ministry of Education and Social Welfare
in charge of Nutrition and Child Development and played a
major role in conceptualizing and developing the Integrated Child
Development Services (ICDS) Scheme which has won
appreciation at national level. This model for nutrition and health
care of children and mothers was later replicated in several
developing countries, while working in UNICEF Headquarters,
through the Joint WHO/UNICEF Nutrition Support Programme.
Was a member of the UNICEF Executive Board and
Vice-Chairman of its Programme Committee.
The contribution to streamlining Tamil Nadu’s Administration as
Chief Secretary during one year of President’s Rule in 19880-89
and two years under elected Government has been widely
On the invitation of UNICEF, United Nations, joined as its
Senior Adviser in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, in June,
1981, on deputation from Government basis, gave up this
lucrative job to return to Government in January, 1987 and
worked as State Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for
Widely travelled and participated in several international
meetings including many United Nations bodies.
Distinctions/Honours : 2 University Gold Medals in Madras University for
received (with details) standing first in the Master’s Examination.
Publications (if any, with : Chaired the Advisory Committee and brought
details) out the Book "Profile of the Child in India", Published by
the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of India.
Paper on "Integrated Approach to Child Development"
presented at the International conference on Primary Health Care,
Alma Ata, USSR.
"Primary Health Care in India" – Integrated Child Development
Services in India" – A paper presented at the WHO/UNICEF
Workshop; and Symposium on "Innovative approaches to meet
the basic needs of the young child in developing Countries" held
in Athens. Published in Ekistics 272 September/October, 1978.
"Delivery of Special Nutrition Programme" – a paper presented at
a National Seminar on Special Nutrition for children and mothers.
"Child Welfare Services in China" – a study of Child Care in
China – Published by UNICEF – 1979.
"Rajendran Committee Report" on Sports Schemes in India,
published by Ministry of Human Resources Development,
Government of India, 1992.
Hobbies, if any : Reading Books on Public Affairs, Development and Public
Administration and Photography.
Any other information : Involved in the activities of the India International Centre,
New Delhi, Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public
Administration, New Delhi.