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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

January 03, 2014


The Sathya Sai Central Trust has appointed Dr Vijay Kelkar as a Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Dr.  Vijay  L.  Kelkar  (born  15  May  1942)  is  currently  the  Chairman  of  the  India Development Foundation.Prior to this he has had an illustrious career in Government,Public Policy Institutions and in the Corporate sector.

 He  was  the  Chairman  of  the  Finance Commission in the rank  of a Union Cabinet Minister until January, 2010. He was earlier Advisor to the Minister of Finance in the rank of a Minister of State from 2002  to 2004,and is known for his role in economic reforms in India. Prior to this, he has held various senior  level  positions  in  Government  of  India  (GOI)  as  well  as  in  international organizations including Executive Director for India,  Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan at  the  IMF  from August, 1999 to  August,  2002;  Finance  Secretary,  GOI,  1998–1999; Chairman,  Tariff  Commission,  GOI,  1997–1998:  Secretary,  Ministry  of  Petroleum  & Natural Gas,  GOI,  1994–1997;  Director  &  Coordinator,  International  Trade Division, UNCTAD,  Geneva,  Switzerland, 1991–1994;  Chairman,  Bureau  of  Industrial  Costs & Prices and Secretary to  the  GOI,  1987–1991;  Secretary,  Economic Advisory  Council  to the Prime Minister, GOI, 1985–1988; Advisor, Economic Policy & Planning, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, GOI, 1982–1987; Economic Advisor, Ministry of Commerce,GOI, 1977–1981.

In  January  2011,  the  President  of  India  awarded  him  “PADMA  VIBHUSHAN”,  the second highest Civilian Award for distinguished and exceptional service to the Nation.

Dr.  Kelkar  chaired  Task  Force  for  implementation of  the  Fiscal  Responsibility  and Budget  Management  Act, Ministry  of  Finance,  Government of  India,  2004; Task Force on Direct Taxes,  Ministry of  Finance, Government of  India,  2002 as well as Task Force on  Indirect  Taxes,  Ministry  of  Finance,  Government  of  India,  2002.   He  recently chaired the Committee appointed by the Finance Minister to outline a roadmap for fiscal consolidation.

Dr.  Kelkar  has been  member  of  Board  of  Directors,  Advisory  Council  and  Board  of Governors  of  various  global  companies  and  organizations  including  Tata  Consulting Services,   CITI   Group,   Hero   Honda   Motors,   Indian   Council   for   Research  on International  Economic  Relations,  Administrative  Staff  College  of  India,  Hyderabad, India  National  Innovation  Foundation,  Ahmedabad,  Indian  Society  of  Energy  and Environment  Economics,  New  Delhi, and Indian  Institute  of  Technology,  New Delhi,
among many others.

Dr.  Kelkar  has also  taught  at  Administrative  Staff College of India,  Hyderabad,  Center for  Economic  Development   and  Administration,   Kathmandu,   Nepal,  South  Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany and University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Dr.  Kelkar  holds B.S., from University  of Pune,  India,  1963,  M.S.,  from University of Minnesota, USA, 1965 and Ph. D from University of California at Berkeley, USA, 1970.


Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

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