Dr I V Subba Rao, Chief Electoral Officer, has managed the elections in the united state of Andhra Pradesh extraordinarily well and received wide acclaim for his non-partisan, efficient approach.
Dr Subba Rao offers his insights into how the elections were held, the practices that parties and candidates adopted, and tell us what we can learn from them.
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I V Subba Rao, Dr, IAS
Dr.I.V.Subba Rao is currently Chief Electoral Officer, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India.
With a Ph.D.in educational policy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, Dr.Rao had a brilliant academic career and had taught at Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1979.
Over the last three decades, he has held various leadership positions at both the State and National levels in development administration, educational planning, management, project design development, implementation and evaluation. He has varied and extensive field level experience of working with government, non-government agencies, inter- governmental bodies, Universities and International agencies in the areas of basic education, adult literacy, lifelong learning, distance education and Health Care Policy and Administration.
He has been Collector of Anantapur, Karimnagar and Chittoor districts. He served as Joint Secretary to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and had initiated a pioneering development effort to improve the quality of life in unreached areas of the State.
As Executive Officer of TTD, he initiated a unique IT application called ‘Sudarshanam’ that transformed pilgrimage into a stress-free experience. As Principal Secretary Revenue, he successfully piloted a legislative measure to streamline temple administration.
On 31st March, 2008, he took charge as Chief Electoral Officer and has conducted bye elections in May, 2008 and the General Elections, 2009 in the State. A strong votary of citizenship rights with firm conviction that the democratic processes can and should be qualitatively enhanced, his endeavour has been to build coalitions and partnerships to further this objective.