Shri K. Roy Paul
K. Roy Paul, IAS (Retd.) obtained B.Sc. (Engineering) from University of Kerala;
Diploma in Trade Promotion from Helsinki School of Economics and Diploma in
Export Industry Development and Trade Promotion from World Trade Institute, New
York. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1967 and was allotted to
the Bihar Cadre. During his 37 years of government service, he held a number of
important and responsible executive positions in the Government of Bihar and the
Government of India.
As Joint Secretary in Ministry of Information Technology (August, 1989 to
October, 1994), he was mainly instrumental in unshackling the electronics
sector, especially information technology, and was closely associated with the
formulation of the new Computer Software Policy in 1991, which laid the
foundation for the impressive growth of software export from India.
As Additional Secretary (May, 1997 to January, 2001) and Special Secretary
(February, 2001 to February, 2002) in Ministry of Environment & Forests, he was
able to put in place a system for transparent and objective processing of
environmental clearance for different types of projects.
As Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (March, 2002 to June, 2004), he was
instrumental in setting up a high level committee for drawingup a roadmap for
the Indian civil aviation sector and taking other initiatives for bringing
about revolutionary changes in the policy framework governing the civil aviation
sector. During his tenure as Chairman of Air India, he was able to turn around
the fortunes of the company. He piloted the process of amending Airports
Authority of India Act to facilitate establishment of new greenfield airports in
Bangalore and Hyderabad and other places.
After retirement from government service, he was appointed Chairman of the
Committee to suggest measures for improving the Airport infrastructure in the
country. The recommendations of Roy Paul Committee were accepted by the
Government and are now under implementation. Was sworn in as Member, Union
Public Service Commission on May 18, 2005. Demitted office on June 8, 2009.