New Delhi: Odisha-born Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Guruprasad Mohapatra on Thursday assumed charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) here on Thursday.
Mohapatra is a 1986 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer. He is the youngest son of renowned litterateur late Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo from Odisha.
Prior to taking over as Secretary, DPIIT, Mohapatra served as Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI). He gave new direction to AAI and steered it to achieve greater excellence in the sector of airport infrastructure development not only at the metro airports but also in tier II and tier III cities.
Mohapatra had earlier served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, Government of India where he worked for the promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Public Procurement and Project Exports (Financing & Insurance).
The Gujarat cadre IAS officer also held the portfolio of Municipal Commissioner in Surat and was involved in the process of converting the textile city into one of the models of urban governance with its thrust on solid waste management, quality infrastructure and sound financial management.
As Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad, Mohapatra was instrumental in developing several urban projects like the Sabarmati riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria lakefront and heritage promotion. He also served as the Transport Commissioner and Commissioner, Commercial Taxes in Gujarat.
In his illustrious career, Mohapatra also held the position of Managing Director in several listed Public Sector Units in India.