Kohima, April 18 (NEx): Padma Shri, Achyut Madhav Gokhale, retired Indian Civil Servant, writer and former Chief Secretary of Nagaland and Secretary to the Government of India at the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources, passed away on Sunday. He was 75 years old.
Born on January 3rd, 1946, Gokhale graduated in Physics from the University of Mumbai in 1965, entered the Indian Administrative Service in 1968 from Nagaland cadre and served various government offices till his superannuation in January 2006.
From 1974 to 1987, under Government of Nagaland A.M. Gokhale served as, Assistant Commissioner, Mokokchung; Sub Divisional Officer, Mon; Deputy Commissioner, Phek; Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung; Secretary, Rural Development; Secretary, Education; Director, Administrative Training Institute; Secretary, Industries; Development Commissioner.
Within these 13 years, Gokhale led the campaign for formation and firm establishment of the Village Development Boards (VDBs) in the State, drafting and finalising the procedures for their funding, and day to day functioning, establishing clear roles for the Deputy Commissioners, District Planning Boards, the Rural Development Department, and the State Planning Board for servicing the VDBs.
From 1987 to 1992, he served as Joint Secretary under the Government of India, in the Ministry of Rural Development. This period saw launching of the Jawahar Rozgar Yojana.
In January 1990, Gokhale was awarded Padmashri for the work on Village Development Boards and the role of this work in forming the Jawahar Rozgar Yojana.
From 1992 to 2000, under the Government of Nagaland, Gokhale served as Agricultural Production Commissioner, Resident Commissioner, and finally as Chief Secretary.
During his tenure with the Government of Nagaland, he is known to have launched a people’s programme, Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPED), which had reported success in getting the involvement of the people of Nagaland.