Director General


Shri. R. Parasuram is an alumnus of the Scindia School, Gwalior, and Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1978.

He has served with distinction as Collector of districts Sidhi, Satna and Bastar. From 1988 to 2004 he served the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Government of India in several implementation and policy level functions in sectors as diverse as agriculture, rural development, food and public distribution, information technology, dairy development, technical education, skills development and broadcasting.  He also served as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in 2004.

In the agriculture and rural development sector he has served as Managing Director of the M.P. Dairy Federation and M.P. Civil Supplies Corporation, and Secretary in the Agriculture and Rural Development Departments.

He served a term as the Lester B. Pearson Fellow in Public Administration at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 1990-91.

As Minister (Agriculture) at the Indian Embassy in 2006-2009, he represented India at the three United Nations Agencies in the Food and Agriculture sector, with headquarters in Rome, namely, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Fund for Agriculture Development, and the World Food Programme.

After returning from his posting abroad, he served in senior positions in the Madhya Pradesh government, including as the Development Commissioner, and the Agriculture Production Commissioner. During this period he was instrumental in planning and implementing programs for the state government. The state achieved the highest growth rate in the country in agricultural production during the last five years.

At the behest of the Chief Minister, he helped set up the “Krishi Cabinet”, an apex level decision making body for expeditious growth in agriculture in the state.

Recognizing the need for governance reforms and improving public service delivery, he led a pan-governmental effort for an ambitious program for re-engineering all the social sector benefit schemes and make their delivery people-centric through the use of information technology. Popularly known as Triple-S, for “Samagra Samajik Suraksha” Abhiyan, this has led to ease of implementation and curtailed duplication and other irregularities.

Some other noteworthy schemes conceptualized and implemented by him include the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and the Mukhya Mantri Grameen Avas Mission.

He was appointed as Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh on 30 April 2012. As Chief Secretary he anchored the design and implementation of a large number of programs across sectors. These include an overhaul of investment policies that led to a successful investor’s summit in Indore in October 2012. Before retiring from government service on 30th September 2013 he led the initiative to prepare “Madhya Pradesh Vision 2018”, which was adopted by the state government as its basic policy document for development.

For work in the agriculture and rural development sector, the Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNKVV) has conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate.

On superannuation from government service he was appointed to the constitutional position of the State Election Commissioner, charged with the responsibility of conducting elections to all Municipal and Panchayat bodies in Madhya Pradesh. Under his leadership the procedure for conduct of elections to these bodies has been completely overhauled. Among the major initiatives are the introduction of Photo Electoral Rolls and multi-post Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

In December 2014 - January 2015, Madhya Pradesh conducted the largest simultaneous direct elections - for any state in India - to multiple posts through EVMs, both for the Municipal Bodies (287) and the three tiers of the Panchayats in all 51 districts.

Extensive use of IT applications in the conduct of elections has added to efficiency and cost-saving on a state – wide scale.

Now the entire process of elections from receiving nomination forms of candidates on-line, in both ULBs and Panchayats, right down to the Gram Panchayats, to the declaration of results and issue of certificate to the elected candidate is done electronically.

He is the Director General of the Institute from January 1, 2019.
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