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Ashish Kumar Singh is an Officer of Indian Administrative Services of 1988 batch.[1], and currently posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Transport & Ports, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra[2][3][4][5]. He is also serving as Additional Chief Secretary[6] to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra.

Ashish Kumar Singh, IAS, has led programs to turn-around large-scale public sector organisations across diverse sectors with employees in excess of 10,000 and annual budgets of more than Rs. 10,000 crores. He has experience in cultivating ties with stakeholders, including community, people's representatives, employees, customers, corporate boards and the Regulators.

Singh is a TedX speaker[7] and has appeared in various talk shows, primarily sharing his knowledge and insights around Education, Tourism and Transport sectors.

Ashish Kumar Singh
Born31 December 1963
🏳️ CitizenshipIndia
🏫 EducationIndian Administrative Office (Kerala Cadre : 1988 batch)

Master of Public Administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, US.

Master of Economics, Allahabad University.
💼 Occupation
👔 EmployerAdditional Chief Secretary, Transport and Ports, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra

ACS to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra

Additional Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Sep 2009-Nov 2010

Secretary to the Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Govt. of India May 2004-Aug 2007 & May 2008-Jun 2009

Managing Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation & Director, Tourism, Government of Maharashtra May 2000-May 2004

District Magistrate & Collector, Gadchiroli and Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Gadchiroli, Government of Maharashtra May 1998-1999

Private Secretary to the Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India Aug 1997-Apr 1998

Managing Director, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation & Additional Director, Tourism, Government of Kerala & Director, Kerala Institute of Tourism & Travel Studies Feb 1992 - Jul 1997

Sub Divisional Magistrate & Assistant Collector, Kottayam, Government of Kerala

Aug 1989 - Feb 1992
👩 Spouse(s)Valsa Nair Singh
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Early life[edit][edit]

Ashish Kumar Singh was born on 31 December 1963[8]. He graduated with a degree in Economics and went on for getting Master of Economics from Allahabad University and Master of Public Administration from Maxwell School, Syracuse University, the USA.

Ashish Kumar Singh is married to Valsa Nair Singh[9]

Career[edit]

Ashish Kumar Singh is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerela Cadre: 1988 batch). He is currently posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Transport and Ports, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra. He also serves as ACS to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra.

Earlier to that, he was leading the administration of the Maharashtra Public Works Department, as the Principal Secretary to the Government, from April 2016-June-2018. Maharashtra PWD has 2,00,000 KM of Road infrastructure, about 38000 engineers, and annual budget of Rs. 10,000 Crore. Ashish had to ensure that all the roads, bridges and government buildings constructed across the state of Maharashtra are of good quality, safe, cost efficient, and are executed at a  fast pace & their maintenance is undertaken properly.

Prior to that, he served as CEO & Managing Director of the SICOM LTD. from November 2014 to April 2016. He was responsible for lending to various corporates, across industries (including infrastructure sector) through a plethora of financial products. He successfully grew the loan portfolio of SICOM to approximately USD 1 Billion (as in March 2016), with the focus on reducing the NPAs. As the Chairman of the SICOM-ARC, Singh guided the restructuring of a number of small and medium enterprises in Maharashtra.

He also served as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra from November 2010 to September 2014. He aided the Chief Minister in deciding priority areas, bringing efficiency in decision-making, facilitating inter-departmental coordination and formulating policies to ensure efficiency and complete transparency in public administration. Ashish Directly dealt with a number of key departments, including Industry, Urban Development, Tourism, Public works and Water Resources in the Infrastructure Sector; Revenue, Forest, Environment[10][11] and Labour in the Regulatory Sector; Women and Child Development, Tribal Development, Rural Development, Social Justice, Culture, School Education, Higher & Technical Education, Medical Education & Public Health in the Social Sector. He also managed subjects requiring approval of the Council of Ministers, Legislative work during the Legislative Assembly Sessions and ensured transparency in all issues related to appointments and transfers in the Government. He was a member of CM Uddhav Thackrey's core team[12] that battled COVID-19 outbreak in Maharashtra. He is part of the core teams responsible for driving some key projects related to ports like Row-Pax ferry service from Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa[13], development of world class marina at Belapur, implementation of strict passenger insurance policy[14] and regulatory works like training of maritime staff[15][16], drafting and implementation of Electric Vehicle policy for Maharashtra[17], etc. He was invited in a number of conferences for his knowledge and vast experience in these areas.[18][19][20][21][22] He has been known for his vision for integrating digital technology with urban transportation and has been invited in a number of conferences for sharing his thoughts and vision for the same.[23][24][25]

Prior to that, he has served in the number of roles

  • Additional Municipal Commissioner (Sept. 2009-Nov. 2010), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) : Handled the portfolios of finance, general administration, school education, solid waste management, law and encroachment removal in the city of Mumbai.
  • Secretary to the Minister of State (May 2004-August 2007 & May 2008-June 2009), Prime Minister's Office, Govt. of India: Handled subjects relating to the Union Cabinet, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Cabinet Committee on Energy, Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, Cabinet Committee on Trade & Industry, Cabinet Committee on Prices, Cabinet Committee on Appointments, various Groups of Ministers and Committees constituted at the national level, Space Commission, & Atomic Energy Commission. Most of the subjects were highly sensitive in terms of national security.
  • Managing Director (May 2000-May 2004), Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation & Director, Tourism, Government of Maharashtra: Dealt with tourism planning, product development, marketing and promotion, human resource development, investment promotion and all other avenues concerned with development of tourism in the State of Maharashtra.
  • District Magistrate & Collector,  Gadchiroli and Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Gadchiroli, (May 1998-1999), Government Of Maharashtra : Dealt with all the administrative aspects of Gadchiroli, a tribal district impacted by left wing extremism.
  • Private  Secretary  to  the  Minister  of  State  (August  1997-April  1998),  Ministry  of  Civil Aviation, Govt. Of India: Dealt with bilateral aviation agreements, airports, DGCA, private and public sector airlines. The new airport policy for greenfield airports was finalised during this time.
  • Managing Director (February 1992 to July 1997), Kerala Tourism Development Corporation & Additional Director, Tourism, Government of Kerala & Director, Kerala Institute Of Tourism & Travel Studies: Dealt with tourism development aspects, including hotel management, destination planning, marketing, human resource development, investment promotion and joint ventures.
  • Sub Divisional Magistrate & Assistant Collector, Kottayam (August 1989 to February 1992), Government of Kerela: Was involved with all the administrative aspects concerned with the district of Kottayam. Kottayam became the first town and the second district in India to be 100% literate. Established a District Tourism Promotion Council, done for first time in the district.

In his stint as a Tourism Secretary in the state of Maharashtra earlier, he launched the “Deccan Odyssey”[citation needed], which turned into a major tourist attraction. He has been instrumental in various reforms in the tourism sector in the states of Kerala and has transformed KTDC from a loss making to profit making company, wiping out all its accumulate losses. He s a recipient of the 'Superbrand' Award for “God’s Own Country”. He has developed JVs with the Indian Hotel Co. (Taj Group) & EIH ( Oberoi Group) in Kerala.

Singh is actively involved in various policy formulation and reforms ensuring efficiency & transparency in public administration. He is instrumental in formulation of the policy at the highest level, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Chief Minister’s Office and various ministries. Ashish Singh has implemented radical reforms in education and literacy—programs won national acclaim for it.

Recognition[edit][edit]

He has received following Awards and Commendations

  • National Tourism Award by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for special contribution to tourism (2003).
  • PATA Heritage Grand Award & PATA Gold Award in Bali, Indonesia
  • Adrian Platinum Award in New York for Maharashtra Tourism
  • Five National Awards for The Best Performing State in India in the tourism sector - Kerala (1992-1997)
  • National Tourism Award for Best Executed Conservation Project, Ajanta Ellora Conservation & Tourism Development Project
  • Sahayog Award for Contribution to the city of Mumbai, 2002
  • School Excellence Program launched in collaboration with SBI & McKinsey & Co won international acclaim.
  • National Award for District of Kottayam for achieving 100% literacy.

References[edit]

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  2. Network, Elets News (2020-02-17). "Maharashtra Government appoints Ashish Kumar Singh as Additional Chief Secretary". eGov Magazine. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  3. www.ETGovernment.com. "Maharashtra: Ashish Singh joins Uddhav Thackeray CMO - ET Government". ETGovernment.com. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
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  5. India, Press Trust Of (2013-01-01). "Maharashtra promotes 19 IAS officers". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  6. "Maharashtra is working on 8 critical components to bounce back, says ACS-CMO Ashish Kumar Singh". www.bureaucratsindia.in. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  7. TEDxNarimanPoint - Ashish Kumar Singh - Transformation in Education, retrieved 2021-11-12
  8. "Civil List (Indian Administrative Service)". Easy NIC. 1 January 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Valsa Nair Singh", Wikipedia, 2021-09-23, retrieved 2021-11-17
  10. "Maharashtra consolidates its leadership position in adopting Green Building Standards". www.indiainfoline.com. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  11. "Climate Resilient Maharashtra: Electric Mobility Town Hall". WRI INDIA. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  12. "Uddhav Thackeray commended for battle against of Covid-19 outbreak". Hindustan Times. 2020-03-30. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  13. Punekar (2020-03-04). "Row-Pax ferry service from Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandwa to start soon". Punekar News. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  14. "Maharashtra Maritime Board approves budget to implement strict passenger insurance policy". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  15. "Maritime Training To Seafarers Working On Inland Ships In Maharashtra — Transcontinental Times". www.transcontinentaltimes.com. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  16. "MoU for skill development in Port and Maritime sector signed between Ministry of Shipping, MSDE". ANI News. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  17. World, Republic. "Maharashtra intends to lead in the EV category, say officials". Republic World. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  18. "Revolutionising Ports Conference discuss digital integration of ports". www.ipfonline.com. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  19. "Port of Rotterdam Authority intensifies activities in India". Port of Rotterdam. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  20. "Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Transport & Ports, Govt. of Maharashtra | TechSabha". Express Computer. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  21. Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Transport & Ports, Govt. of Maharashtra | TechSabha, retrieved 2021-11-12
  22. Group, Indian Express (2019-01-10), Travel Trade Talk | Ashish Kumar Singh, principal secretary, transport & port home department, Government of Maharashtra, retrieved 2021-11-15
  23. #APACIDEM | Ashish Kumar Singh, ACS, Transport Department, Govt of Maharashtra, retrieved 2021-11-15
  24. Ardenne, M.; Reitnauer, P. G. (September 1975). "[Demonstration of tumor inhibiting properties of a strongly immunostimulating low-molecular weight substance. Comparative studies with ifosfamide on the immuno-labile DS carcinosarcoma. Stimulation of the autoimmune activity for approx. 20 days by BA 1, a N-(2-cyanoethylene)-urea. Novel prophylactic possibilities]". Arzneimittel-Forschung. 25 (9): 1369–1379. ISSN 0004-4172. PMID 22.
  25. India Business Day | Full Event, retrieved 2021-11-15


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