Nilekaniís CEO: IITian IAS officer who brought e-govt to Jharkhand
Last year when he completed 30 years in the Indian Administrative Service, Ram Sevak Sharma received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Public Administration. And now, Jharkhand's Principal Secretary (Public Health and Engineering) is all set to move to New Delhi as CEO of the National Unique Identification Authority of India(NUIAI) chaired by Nandan Nilekani.
From the 1978 batch of the IAS, Sharma, who has a Masters in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur and Computer Science from the University of California, has served as Deputy Development Commissioner in Saharsa, District Collector in Begusarai, Purnea and Dhanbad, Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and Nodal Officer for the IMF, MIGA and GEF.
Handpicked by Nilekani for the NUIAI, Sharma told The Indian Express: "I am very happy to have got an opportunity to work for the NUIAI. I will leave no stone unturned to make it a success."
On his return from California in 2003, Sharma was transferred nine times in a span of six years in Jharkhand. But he kept frustration out and as Secretary (IT) ó a post he held for over three years in two stints ó he created the infrastructure for e-governance in the state, complete with programmes for public grievances, treasury and transport. Today, JharNet is a success story, attaining a national e-governance ranking in 2007-08.
After the state was placed under President's rule, the state government turned to Sharma, seeking advice for an action plan. In a report titled Governance reforms in next 100 days ó he submitted it to the government on June 13 ó Sharma suggested a slew of measures.
These include payment gateway agreements with commercial banks to accept online payments of taxes, digitisation of land revenue and mutation records, information for ST/SC/BC students, release of scholarship money online and development of a software to register public grievances and address them within a timeframe.