Chairperson's Profile :
Shri S.S. Kapur joined the Indian Administrative Service in the year 1974 after graduating in Civil Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. While in service, he also acquired a P.G. Diploma in Population and Development (1993-94; Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanathapuram) and MBA (1996-97; University of Southern Cross, NSW, Australia).
Shri Kapur began his active service career in J&K as SDM, Ramban (1976-78) and went on to serve in various capacities, both in the field and the Secretariat. He has served as Deputy Commissioner of Leh and Jammu districts, Managing Director of the J&K Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, Excise Commissioner, and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir in the relatively turbulent times. He has held the charge of the Administrative Secretary of key departments like Agriculture, Tourism, Higher & Technical Education, Industries & Commerce, Planning & Development and Home.
Shri Kapur has also served under the Central Government as Director (Policy) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (1990-94) and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (2000-2005). In the latter capacity, he specialized in free trade negotiations both in bilateral and regional contexts. In this regard, he led various Indian delegations including for negotiations on SAFTA and India-Asean FTA aimed at bringing about economic integration in the South Asian region, and boosting India’s trade and economic relations with countries in the South –East Asian region.
Shri Kapur entered the prestigious and challenging assignment of Chief Secretary, J&K with a rich and varied administrative experience on 9 June, 2008, and after serving the people of the State with great sincerity and dedication, he superannuated from active service in January, 2011. He had been recalled from retirement and appointed as the first Chairperson of the J&K State Water Resources Regulatory Authority for a period of three years w.e.f 18 October, 2012. On completion of the fixed term he relinquished the office on 17th October, 2015.
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