KR Venugopal

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Gender MALE
Location Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Introduction I joined the Andhra Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the year 1962 and retired, taking voluntary retirement from service, in 1995 as Secretary to the Prime Minister of India. I had a brief stint with the United Nations in 1996 as Senior Policy Adviser on Poverty Policy for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) stationed in Kathmandu, Nepal. While Commissioner of Civil Supplies in the Government of Andhra Pradesh I helped design a comprehensive Public Distribution System for the state of Andhra Pradesh aimed at food security for the poor that has come to be known popularly as the “Two rupees per KG rice scheme”. Later, while working for the ICDS in the Government of India I helped introduce the inclusion of the adolescent girl in to the programme, in addition to designing an enriched ICDS scheme for 600 most backward, contiguous development blocks in the tribal belt of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and Maharashtra. At the request of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi I assisted the NHRC between 1999 and June 2006 as its Special Rapporteur.
Interests My special interest in rural poverty issues and food security persuaded me to take a sabbatical for 2 years in 1985-87 when I researched into these at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Based on my field studies in several States and research I published my book “Deliverance from Hunger – the Public Distribution System in India” in 1992 – Sage Publications India, 1992.