Dr. M. V. Rao, is an IAS officer of 1988 batch and has considerable field experience in Development administration. His passion has been
people-centric development innovations and interventions. Dr. Rao is presently Additional Chief Secretary, Panchayats & Rural Development
and Cooperation Departments, Government of West Bengal. He has also served as District Magistrate of Midnapore and Malda Districts of West
Bengal. He also served as Senior Consultant, UNICEF. He was Managing Director, West Bengal Industries Development Corporation and Director of
He did his Ph.D in ‘Development Administration’. He was also Director General, National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
at Hyderabad, a premier institute under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He was also Chief Executive, National Fisheries
Development Board under Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. His publications include: Rooted to The Ground An Indian Civil Servants
Field Notes (2015). Persistence and Change in Tribal India (2012).