An Insight Into Life of UPSC Ex-Chairman & Ex-IAS Officer, Deepak Gupta

An Insight into Life of UPSC Ex-Chairman & Ex-IAS Officer Deepak Gupta

The IAS officer is expected to be a competent administrator, a speedy decision-maker, a constructive thinker, a crisis manager, a public relations expert, a humanitarian employer, and an optimistic leader. To this others have added, reducer of human inequality, alleviation of poverty, agent of human development, guardian of human rights, preserver of the environmentIf you are public-spirited, if you want to contribute to the development of the nation, and if you have passion within you to do things, then I would strongly recommend that you sit for and join Indian Administrative Services. There is no better government job in the world.

This is what the 1974 batch Ex-IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officer and the Ex-Chairman of UPSC, Mr Deepak Gupta advise all the budding Civil Services officers. 

This article will highlight the life journey of Mr Deepak Gupta as an IAS officer, how he served the nation as an IAS Officer in various distinguished roles, his training at LBSNAA and much more. 

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Life as an IAS Officer

In his 39 years of long administrative career, Mr Gupta left no stone unturned to contribute to the development of the nation through various initiatives. He has held several key positions in the Government of India including Secretary to the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. He has also served as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from November 2014 to September 2016. 

Moreover, he has presided over the conceptualization and implementation of India’s National Solar Mission, which forms the basis of the latest ambitious target of 100,000 MW Solar capacity with a 40,000 MW Solar Rooftop. 

Deepak Gupta is currently the Honorary Director-General of the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI).

A Noted Author

Besides his administrative expertise, Deepak Gupta’s passion for writing has produced two exceptional books. He has authored Small Things Matter-Key to Good Governance, and The Steel Frame A History of the IAS. 

In an interview with the IAS officer Anudeep Durishetty, Mr Gupta has stated the idea of writing The Steel Frame A History of the IAS took shape when he was the Chairman of UPSC. As part of trying to build a documentation centre, he started reading about the history of the IAS and the ICS. He found a fascinating story over two centuries about the origins of the service, how its ethos and structure evolved, and what, by constitutional design, its role was intended to be. 

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He thought he would give a short holistic picture since most are unaware of all this. There is a lot of literature on the British period and even post-independence. Accessing this was a big problem. He has suggested that the Academy get all this at one place on a continuing basis. He opines that the IAS has a very important role to play in governance in India and we officers must measure up to the task. The book is also a call for this. All of this has been explained in the Preface.

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