Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer
Sampath Kumar is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) belonging to 1997 batch. He has held several key roles within the Government and outside the Government, including Project Director of World Bank funded Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project. He worked with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in the state of Uttar Pradesh where he contributed in building one of the largest Self Help Group programs (RGMVP) to empower women and reduce poverty. His main contribution has been the redesigning of the SHG model to move from a mere focus on financial inclusion to building strong community institutions that work for disrupting the social and gender hierarchical barriers in the highly feudal and backward districts of India. Currently, Mr. Sampath Kumar is heading the Community & Rural Development Department and Health & Family Welfare Department in the State of Meghalaya, India along with other portfolios including Program Implementation & Evaluation Department and Social Welfare (Women & Child Development) Department. He is also CEO of Meghalaya Basin Development Authority and the Resident Commissioner for Meghalaya in New Delhi. He played an instrumental role in enacting the first and only (till date) social audit legislation in the country- the Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act of 2017 provides for community based auditing of all social programs and government services. He was also instrumental in bringing ‘State Water Policy’ in Meghalaya, the first State to bring such an integrated policy aimed at mobilizing the people and the Government agencies for ensuring water security for present and future generations. He has recently taken charge of Health and Social Welfare Departments with a specific task of improving various health and nutrition indicators of the State. He has Bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Osmania University and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University.