Civil servant, management guru, housing expert, innovator, writer, orator – many roles can be attributed to retired IAS officer CV Ananda Bose, who was appointed the new governor of West Bengal on Thursday. But his role as a housing expert will be his lasting legacy as he is the brainchild behind India’s pledge to provide affordable housing for all by 2022.
Bose, who was an adviser to the governor of Meghalaya, chaired the working group that prepared the development agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His concept of “affordable housing for all Indians” was adopted by the Prime Minister for nationwide implementation, who described him as “Man of Ideas”, and by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as an “inspired civil servant”.
The former bureaucrat is an alumnus of the prestigious BITS Pilani and retired as Chief Secretary of the Government of India. According to his website, he has worked as Vice Chancellor of the University, Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, Chairman of Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and District Collector.
Its website states that Bose joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1977, after which it made a name for itself by introducing governance innovations for robust delivery of public services. He has a PhD in habitat and environment, and is the president of the Habitat Alliance in consultative status with the UN.
Bose is a recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and the first ever Fellow of the Lal Bahadur
Shastri National Academy of Administration Mussoorie, which trains the top officials.
Turning to his expertise in housing and his contribution to India’s national policy, Bose established the Nirmithi Kendra in 1985 as the district collector of Kollam to provide cost-effective and eco-friendly housing. This has grown into a national network and is now part of the national housing policy.
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