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     SS Kapur: New J&K chief secretary

Srinagar, June 10th 2008

The Financial Commissioner Home, SS Kapur, has been elevated as chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, in place of Balwant Rai Kundal, who has recently been inducted in the state cabinet after taking premature retirement.

The state cabinet, which met on June 9th, under the chairmanship of chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, approved the appointment of Kapur as chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir state.

Kapur joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the year 1974, after graduating in civil engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. While in service, he also acquired a post graduate diploma in Population and Development (1993-94) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) (1996-97).

Kapur started his service career in Jammu and Kashmir as SDM, Ramban (1976-78), and went on to serve in various capacities, both in the field and the secretariat. He has served as deputy commissioner of Leh and Jammu districts, managing director of the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation Limited, excise commissioner and divisional commissioner, Kashmir in the relatively turbulent times. He has held the charge of the administrative secretary of key departments like agriculture, tourism, higher and technical education, industries and commerce, planning and development and home.

Kapur has also served with distinction under the Central government as director (policy) in the ministry of health and family welfare (1990-94) and joint secretary in the ministry of commerce and industry (2000-2005). In the latter capacity, he specialised in free trade negotiations both in bilateral and regional contexts. In this regard, he led various Indian delegations including for negotiations on South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) and India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA), aimed at bringing about economic integration in the South Asian and South-East Asian regions.

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