one of the toppers of the IAS, 1979 batch.
Was in TIME MAGAZINES’S list of 100 young global leaders in 1994( cover story-5th Dec, 1994).
Pioneered the literacy movement in India, by making Kottayam Town the first 100% literate town in India in 1989, as District Collector, Kottayam.
Kottayam District achieved a quality of health index better than the United States of America, when he was the District Collector, Kottayam.
Built a cancer hospital at Kottayam Medical College, with contribution from 8.2 million people.
Demolished 14310 illegal buildings in Delhi , and reclaimed
land worth Rs. 10000 crores, as Commissioner, Delhi
Times Of India survey showed that 89.6% Delhiites supported his action, the highest rating for any public official any time.
Is an inspirational orator; was the best inter university debater in India for three years, while in the University.
Was instrumental in sanctioning self financing professional
colleges in Kerala, in 2001, when he was the Secretary,
Higher Education, leading to an investment of Rs. 5000
crores in this sector. The initiative has created over
100000 seats in professional colleges. Declared the
results of the entrance examinations to professional
colleges in five days, when he was the Commissioner
for entrance examinations, Kerala.
Authored the best selling book titled “Making A Difference”,
published by Penguin India, in 1996. The Malayalam
translation,“India Mattathinte Muzhakam” , published
by DC Books, is it’s 12th edition.
Resigned from the IAS and got elected as independent
M.L.A from Kanjirappally on 32nd day with a huge majority.Has
won the best MLA award in Kerala in 2009.
Set up JANSHAKTHI, an NGO, in 1994, to get the
citizen to believe in his ability to make governments
accountable to people. It has over 265 branches
in Kerala. Worked for a year in Janshakthi’s slum
project in Delhi after finishing tenure as Commissioner,
Won T.RAMARAO award from Kottayam public library
in 2008, for making the most outstanding contribution
to the development of Kottayam.