Nagarajan Vittal (born 31 January 1938) is an Indian civil servant, who has held a number of senior positions in the Government of India, most prominently that of Central Vigilance Commissioner. Over 35 years, he has held a number of positions at the State Government and Central Government level, primarily in the fields of industrial administration, science and technology, and security, as well as posts within public-private sector joint enterprises. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, in 2012.
A Maharashtrian Deshastha Madhwa Brahmin, he was born in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, and was educated in Tiruchirapalli and Madras (now Chennai), graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry from Loyola College in 1958. After a short time as a lecturer in Jamal Mohamed College, Tiruchirapalli, he joined the Indian Administrative Service on 16 May 1960, and was allotted to the Gujarat Cadre.
Vittal was part of the Indian Administrative Service's 1960 intake. He worked as Development Commissioner tasked with reviving the Port of Kandla Special Economic Zone for the Indian Government's Department of Commerce. He served as Industries Commissioner for the Gujarat State government, in which post he was responsible for Gujarat reaching full coverage with District Industries Centres;[clarification needed] setting up the single window service for the industry promotion bureau (IndexTB), later adopted by other states; and setting up the Entrepreneurship Development Centre. He later served as Food and Civil Supplies Secretary, setting up the Gujarat State Civil Supplies Corporation; Chairman of the Gujarat State Civil Supplies Corporation; and Health and Family Welfare Secretary. He then served as Managing Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers Company (GNFC), before returning to the Gujarat State government to serve as Additional Chief Secretary (Home), where he initiated proposals for setting up the Gujarat Police Housing Corporation.
From there he switched to positions working for the Government of India, serving as Additional Secretary at the Department of Atomic Energy, then Secretary at the Department of Electronics, where he initiated policies for boosting software, setting up software technology parks and special economic zones, and strategic cooperation with industry, including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from IBM, Motorola and others. He then became Chair of the Telecoms Commission, where he worked on liberalisation of the telecom sector and was involved in the National Telecom Policy of 1994, and Secretary at the Department of Telecommunications. He followed this with a stint as Chair of the Public Enterprises Selection Board, heading the Committee on Guidelines for the Public Sector (1997), under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Department of Public Enterprises, which removed 696 regulations hampering the autonomy of PSEs. His final post was Central Vigilance Commissioner.
Over the course of his career he chaired a number of committees, expert groups and task forces, including:
He attended the 1989 Fall Senior Executives Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.
N. Vittal received the Padma Bhushan in 2012. Among other honors, he received the following:
Vittal is married and has a son and a daughter.
He is actively interested in management and cultural activities and has membership in the following social, cultural, and professional associations:
Vittal has written more than 400 articles on various subjects relating to management, public relations, human resources development, management of technology, public sector management and so on, in many journals and magazines. These include Economic and Political Weekly, The Financial Express, The Times of India, Business India, and the Journals of the IIMA, LBS National Academy of Administration, HCPS, RIPA, IIFT and others. He is a regular columnist for The Economic Times and the Web magazine "Rediff on the Net."
His bibliography include:
He also edited Export Processing Zones in Asia -Some Dimensions, published by the Asian Productivity Organization in 1977.
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