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Dr Anup K Pujari IAS (KN 80) joined as Secretary MSME here today. He succeeds Shri Madhav Lal who superannuated on June, 30 2015. Before joining the Ministry of MSME, Dr. Pujari was holding the charge of Secretary, Mines.
Born in 1956, Pujari is a post-graduate from the University of Boston, and a Doctorate in Economics. Shri Pujari has served the Central and Karnataka Govt. in various capacities.
Dr Anup K Pujari has taken charge as the new MSME Secretary today, after Madhav Lal bid adieu to the department on Tuesday.
“Dr Anup K Pujari IAS (KN 80) joined as Secretary MSME,” MSME Ministry said on the social media sites.
The officials of the MSME Ministry organised farewell party for Lal on his retirement, which was attended by Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra and MoS MSME Giriraj Singh.
After the farewell function, Mishra tweeted, “the void created could not be fulfilled. You would be missed.”
Pujari, the new Secretary for MSME Ministry, was earlier the Secretary, Ministry of Mines. Pujari had a long tenure in the Ministry of Commerce and held the important post of Director General Foreign Trade, from 2010 to 2014. He also carries rich experience in Ministry of Finance where he worked in different posts. He also held important offices in the Karnataka Government.
Pujari is also strong in academics. Besides a Ph D he also holds dual post graduate degrees in Political Science and Economics, the second one from celebrated Boston University. He was also on short term Consultancy assignments with the Harvard University for consecutive 3 years.
Pujari assumes the office of Secretary, MSME at the important juncture when the Policy for MSME sector is at the final stage and important amendments to the MSME Development Act are under consideration. Implementation of important Government policies on public procurement from micro and small enterprises, technology upgradation and above all participation of MSME sector in ‘Make in India’ will also ask for his visionary leadership.