Shri Nikunja Bihari Dhal
Shri Nikunja Bihari Dhal, an IAS officer of 1993 Batch(Odisha Cadre) took over as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in January, 2013. He joined administrative Service (IAS) after graduating in Production Engineering from IIT, Delhi. He also holds an MPA ( Masters in Public Administration) degree from Syracuse University, New York, USA. Before joining as Director,Cabinet Secretariat in April, 2012, he has worked in various capacities in Government of Odisha. As commissioner of Commercial Taxes, he successfully transformed the functioning of the Commercial Tax Department, Government of Odisha by introducing various bussiness centric e-Governance services. As Vice–Chairman, Bjubaneshwar Development Authority he Guided preparation of a futuristic and environmental friendly building standards regulation for the city of Bhubaneshwar. During his tenure as Collector of Koraput, Sundergarh and Angul Districts, he initiated various innovative measures for empowerment of women, tribal communities and panchayati Raj Institutions. He also worked in Education, Rural Livelihood and Industrial Sectors.