TSR Subramanian, a former Cabinet Secretary died today at 79. He was an eminent civil-servant for Government of India.
PM Narendra Modi referred to him as an ‘outstanding civil servant’ while the Indian Administrative Service Association called him ‘tallest’ of all civil servants. Subramanian died of natural causes at around 3.30am today after being ill for quite some time, news agency IANS reported.
Subramanian was a 1961-batch officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He served as Cabinet Secretary from August 1, 1996, to March 1, 1998. He also served as Cabinet Secretary in the United Front government that was headed by HD Deve Gowda and was responsible for clearing Bt Cotton as Textiles Secretary.
As Textiles Secretary at the Centre, Subramanian was responsible for clearing genetically modified variety of cotton – a decision which a few years ago he regretted. He also served in Uttar Pradesh in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition. He was sent to the state as its chief secretary in 1992.