**Bhubaneswar: ** Senior Odisha cadre IAS officer R. Balakrishnan was today bidden farewell replete with warmth and a nostalgic sense of missing his amiable presence at the State Secretariat here following his superannuation from a successful career in this State.
His stint and he, especially as a sensible and soft spoken human being, have carved a niche in the depth of core of his colleagues as well as his sub-ordinates and above all in the heads and hearts of the general public.
Born on 6-11-1958 in Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Shri Balakrishnan is an M.A in Tamil Literature and Diploma in Journalism. He is a 1984 batch Odisha cadre IAS officer appointed on 21-8-1984.
During his retirement, he was the incumbent Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary and Secretary to Government P & C Department, Odisha.
He has worked in various capacities in Government of Odisha and Government of India. He has specialisation in Disaster Management and Election Management. He has served in Election Commission of India as Deputy Election Commissioner twice. He is not only a Post Graduate in Tamil Literature, but also a researcher in the field of Indology and has published many articles nationally and internationally on the cultural aspects of Odisha as well as Indus Valley Civilisation.
He had also taken over as Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Odisha w.e.f 15.12.2014.
In his rendezvous with OMMCOM NEWS, a very pleasing personality Shri Balakrishnan said, “I’ll be more into my studies now as I’ll get more time for my research. Already I was doing research in my spare time, like night time and holidays. I’ll get more time for myself now. Certainly I’ll use the time more peacefully and more positively. I’ll continue my studies actually.”
In the State’s development context he remarked, “We have to keep doing which one is important and which one is unimportant, whether it is agriculture, whether it is tribal development, whether it is women empowerment, whether it is industrial development. Growth is always multifaceted. But the system is geared up. Our team is a very very able team. Our Odisha cadre is one of the best cadres in the country.”
He added, “Always you have to keep yourself abreast as challenge will come in. We had never experienced a landslide as happened during Titli. Everytime new challenges come. The most important thing is that we tackled it soon after the aftermath. We ourselves were apprehending that electricity restoration in the Titli affected areas would be an uphill task and would take over two months. But every day review was there on day to day development. Within fifteen days it could be restored by the thousands of people working dedicatedly. It is a new challenge and new response.”
“I have great memories about Odisha. I’m a professional, I’m a civil servant and I enjoyed every bit of it. I consider that we are one of the best systems, we feel motivated and my friends will keep doing it,” he concluded.
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