R. Carlton Vivian Pidade Noronha
Born(1916-05-14)14 May 1916
Died23 November 1982(1982-11-23) (aged 66)
Other namesRP
Occupation(s)Civil service officer, writer
Known forAdministrative reforms
Awards1975 Padma Bhushan

Ronald Carlton Vivian Pidade Noronha (1916-1982), known as Ron to his friends and Noronha to his colleagues , was an Indian Civil Service officer, writer and the longest serving Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh in independent India. He was the author of A Tale Told By An Idiot, an autobiography. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 1975.[1]


Loyola College, Madras

R. C. V. P. Noronha was born on 14 May 1916 at Hyderabad in the south Indian state of Telangana.[2] The only son of an engineer-doctor couple, he did his pre-college at Inter College, Vishakhapatnam and secured a graduate degree with honours from Loyola College, Madras and moved to the London School of Economics which earned a BSc (honours) from the University of London.[3] Subsequently, he joined Indian Civil Service, topping the qualifying examination.

He was the second longest serving chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh, having served as the chief secretary for two terms, November 1963 to August 1968 and September 1972 to May 1974 when he retired from service at the age of 58.[4]

After retirement, Ron Noronha, lived as a farmer,in a one room house in a village called Sankal, 20 kilometers from Bhopal . He was affectionately known as Baba by the children and adults of the village, alike. He would also provide first aid for common ailments like diarrhea and fever and even ferried emergency patients to Bhopal sometimes. After his death, the village has been named after him as Noronha Sankal.

He published his autobiography in 1976 under the title, A Tale Told By An Idiot.[5] He was married to Amy Alvares and the couple had two sons, Ashok and Terence, and two daughters, Gabrielle and Anjali.[3] He died on 23 November 1982, at the age of 66, at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh,.[2] succumbing to a massive heart attack that he suffered at his village.[3]

Awards and honors

The Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 1975.[1] RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration, the principal civil service training institute of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, is named after him.[6][7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. Government of India. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ronald Carlton Vivian Piedade de Noronha". geni_family_tree. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "R. P. Noronha (Author profile)". www.goodreads.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Chief Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh". Department Of Public Relations, Madhya Pradesh. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  5. ^ R. P. Noronha (1976). A Tale Told By An Idiot. South Asia Books. ISBN 9780883869338.
  6. ^ "RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration & Management". Government of Madhya Pradesh. 14 August 2007. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ Esmet (31 May 2018). "आर.सी.व्ही.पी.नरोन्हा प्रशासन एवं प्रबंधकीय अकादमी". www.academy.mp.gov.in. Retrieved 31 May 2018.

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Preceded byH. S. Kamath Chief Secretary Government of Madhya Pradesh 1963–1968 Succeeded byM. P. Shrivastava
Preceded byR. P. Naik Chief Secretary Government of Madhya Pradesh 1972–1974 Succeeded byM. S. Chaudhary