Amarjit Sinha Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development & Ministry of Panchayati Raj
For outstanding contribution in education, health, and rural development
A1988-batch IAS of the Bihar cadre, Amarjit Sinha is currently Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, and Ministry of Panchayati Raj. He is the brain behind the designs of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for universal education, and National Rural Health Mission to provide healthcare to all the citizens. Sinha energised three million elected representatives and 55 million women self-groups to participate and become accountable in leading government welfare schemes such as rural employment, rural housing, rural roads, and rural skilling.
Thirty five years ago, like many young men and women, we had to make difficult choices. I had the Rhodes Scholarship to go to Oxford or and become an academician. Or I could join the civil services then, or never again. I wanted to be in public service to do something that engaged me with the poorest of the poor. That little call of making basic services reach the poor helped make the decision.
Amarjit Sinha receiving the award from KJ Alphons MoS (IC) for Tourism