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Textile Commissioner

Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS Textile Commissioner, Govt. of India

Textile Minister Dr. Kavita Gupta, is Ph.D. in Economics from Prescott University, London, UK and has four Masters in Physics/Engineering from IIT Delhi, M.Tech in Behaviourial and Social Sciences, again from IIT, Delhi and Masters in International Law and International Economics from World Trade Institute, Berne, Switzerland where she was awarded 'summa-cum-laude', which is the rarest and the highest honour. She also participated in an Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School, USA and was awarded a Certificate on Infrastructure in a Market Economy : Public - Private Partnerships in a Changing World. She also earlier participated in an international program on 'Women Mean Business' from DUBS (Durham University Business School), U.K. and was awarded a Certificate.

She is a 1985 Maharashtra cadre IAS officer. As an administrator, she has done innovative and path-breaking work in various assignments.

At present, she is the Textile Commissioner of India, Ministry of Textiles as Additional Secretary to Government of India.

As Collector, Jalna (Maharashtra) in 1994, she mapped the District through Satellite Imagery and carried out District Planning on scientific basis. She planned water conservation and bunding to raise acquifers of the drought prone region. This was the first successful experiment of its kind in the country.

As Managing Director, Women's Development Corporation, she initiated the self help group movement through IFAD funding in 1992 in Maharashtra. Nearly 98,000 Self Help Groups have now been formed and the programme became a convergence point for delivery of various Government schemes and also for international organization like UNICEF.

As Secretary (Finance) in 2002, she computerized all the Government Treasuries in Maharashtra. Further, as Chairperson of RBI's Working Group, she developed a road map for Computerization of Treasuries in India.

As Principal Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra with the Labour Department in 2010, she designed an innovative Labour Management System to seamlessly implement labour laws and create a win-win situation for industries and labour by giving an online interface of all the services provided by the Labour Department to the industries and businesses. Two crore workers in the organized and unorganized sector in the state were mandated to be paid only through cheque or bank account not only ensuring fair wages to them but also providing them with financial inclusion. She successfully tested this system in Thane District in 2011 and initiated a State-wide roll-out. This was a path-breaking model for enabling inclusivity of the labour and has been reported by the ILO as an International Best Practice.

As Addl. DGFT, Mumbai, she created systems in her office to ensure transparency and efficiency. She got the office certified as ISO 9001 : 2008 and did incremental improvements in office working to enable ease of doing business and reducing transaction costs.

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