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Biodata Name: Karan Bir Singh Sidhu Date of Birth: 31st July, 1961. Profession: Civil Service: Indian Administrative Service[1] (1984 Batch, Regular Recruit), Punjab[2] Cadre. Present Posting: Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab Department of Finance, Chandigarh, from 4th April, 2010 onwards Address (office): Room No. 10, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Sector 1, Chandigarh, India 160 009. Address (residential): House No 60, Sector 19-A, Chandigarh 160 019. Telephone (residence): 0172-2727 049 Telephone (office & Fax): 0172-2742 316 Email Address: Kbs.sidhu@gmail.com Educational Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Electrical Communication) from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology[4], Patiala, Punjab, India (University Gold Medalist), 1983. Master of Arts (Economics) (Development Administration and Management)[5], Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 1997. Experience: Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate)[6], Amritsar (1992-1996): Handled two hijacking incidents successfully; received the Prime Minister’s appreciation in this regard. Revived and successfully executed the Golden Temple[7] Corridor Beautification (Galiara) Project.


Labour Commissioner[8], Punjab (1997-98); Director State Transport[9] , Punjab (1998-1999): Performance parameters at an all-time high during this period. Chief Administrator, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA)[10] (19992002): Turned the organization from Rs 29 crore deficit to Rs 100 crore surplus. Secretary Technical Education and Industrial Training[11], Government of Punjab, (November 2002 till December, 2004). Secretary Housing and Urban Development[12], Government of Punjab -cum-Vice-Chairman, PUDA (November 2003 till 7th April, 2006). Secretary Rural development and Panchayats[3], Government of Punjab (6th April, 2006 to 1stMarch) Secretary to the Government of Punjab Department of School Education,Chandigarh, from 1st March, 2007 till May 2009. Principal Secretary to the Government of Punjab Department of Higher Education,Chandigarh, from May, 2010 till 2010 From 1984 to 1992 held junior posts in the State of Punjab such as Assistant Commissioner, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) and Deputy Secretary (Finance) Areas of Interest: Urban Development, Public Sector Management, Privatisation, and Politics of Decentralisation, Stock Market Hedging Instruments (Futures and Options). Family: Happily married, wife Punam (IRS[13] officer of 1987 batch) and has two sons, age 21 and 18. Other [1] Premier and most prestigious permanent Civil Service of India. [2] One of the most progressive states of India. [3] Village, intermediate and district level statutory bodies of local self Government. [4] One of the most prestigious engineering and technology institutions of North West India; now a deemed University. [5] A full-time multidisciplinary course; included a dissertation: “The Politics of Decentralisation in the Indian Punjab� [6] Highest civil servant of the district, responsible for general administration, development


programmes, land administration, law and order and protocol activities. The district had a population of 2. 5million and an area of 5000 sq km. [7] World famous Sikh Temple, which is a world heritage site. [8] Responsible for ensuring harmonious labour relations and industrial environment on the whole State. [9] Responsible for the operation of the state-owned passenger transport utility, with a fleet of about 200o buses, on commercial basis. [10] Chief Executive Officer of this state-level apex statutory agency, that is responsible for the planning and execution of urban development schemes, including housing sector, in the State. [11] Responsible for coordinating the technical education at all levels (university, degree colleges, polytechnics and Industrial Training Institutes), in the state sector as well as in the private sector, throughout Punjab. [12] Responsible for the policy and planning aspects of Urban Development and Housing activities in the State. Chief Administrator PUDA (my previous assignment) now reports to me. [13] Indian Revenue Service, Income Tax, the Class I Civil service of the Government of India (Central/ Federal Government).


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