Dr. Dinesh Arora is an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer of the 2002 Kerala Cadre and holds an MBBS degree in medical surgery. He is currently the Deputy CEO of the National Health Authority – organizational entity responsible for the implementation of the Government of India’s flagship health programme Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), world’s largest publicly funded health financing initiative.
Previously, Dr. Arora was Director (Health) at the NITI Aayog, the premier policy think-tank of Government of India wherein he was leading the Health vertical and was one of the architects of the Ayushman Bharat programme. Also, he has held the position of Executive Director at the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) wherein he spearheaded the key electrification scheme, Saubhagya for electrifying rural areas across the country. Through Saubhagya scheme, India achieved 100% electrification in all villages across the country.
Dr. Arora has also served as the Mission Director for National Health Mission in Kerala for four years wherein he has led the Health Department in piloting National Health Programs. In his tenure, Kerala has won the award for best implementation State in Health Insurance schemes for three consecutive years.
His work has earned him various accolades – notably the National E-Governance Award for achieving gold standard in village electrification, Indian Achievers Award for his work on rural electrification and ‘CEO with HR Orientation’ award at the world HRD Conference by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Further, he clinched the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship 2011 for Leadership and Excellence, awarded by the British government for a 12-week-long course in London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Arora has completed his education with distinction from Government Medical College, Chandigarh and has been a recipient of Director General’s Gold Medal at the training of Indian Administrative Service.