Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi was appointed as Member, Planning Commission (June, 2007) by the Union Government. Earlier, he was, in addition to above responsibilities, appointed Member of the Thirteenth Finance Commission (November, 2007), which has since then submitted its Report to the President of India (December, 2009). Currently, Mr. Chaturvedi is continuing as Member, Planning Commission of India. Mr. Chaturvedi had a long and very distinguished career as a Civil Servant. He has been an outstanding Civil Servant and made very major contributions in policy making and its implementation. He received Padma Bhushan award from the President of India on 7th April, 2010 for his meritorious contribution in the field of civil service.
Mr. Chaturvedi was selected to the Indian Administrative Service in 1966 and rose to the highest position of Civil Service as Cabinet Secretary in June, 2004. In this capacity, he worked as Secretary to the Union Cabinet and advised the Prime Minister on all major policy issues. His handling of several complex administrative and developmental issues during this period was highly commended. He also worked as head of the National Crisis Management Committee and handled two major national disasters: the Tsunami (December, 2004) and the Jammu & Kashmir Earthquake (October, 2005).He had a long stint as District Magistrate of Azamgarh. His other assignments were District Magistrate, Allahabad, Divisional Commissioner, Kumaon and Divisional Commissioner, Agra. In recognition of his work as District Magistrate, Azamgarh, he was given the State Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh (1976). Mr. Chaturvedi received his Master’s Degree in Physics with specialization in Electronics, from the University of Allahabad in 1962 and studied Public Administration at Manchester University, U.K. (1976). He started his career as an Associate Professor of Physics (1962-65) at the Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad.