IAS Officer Amit Khare Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Family, Wife, Net Worth & More

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Who is Amit Khare?

Amit Khare (born 1961) is an Indian Administrative Service officer (1985 batch) from Bihar/Jharkhand cadre and is currently serving as the Secretary, Ministry of Education in Government of India. 

He is noted for his role in bringing to light the Fodder scam, in which Rs. 940 crores were embezzled in Bihar over many years, and successive chief ministers Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Yadav have been imprisoned.

Amit Khare appointed as Advisor to PM

Amit Khare appointed as Advisor to PM
Amit Khare appointed as Advisor to PM

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointment of former Education and Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare as Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An order issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Tuesday read, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Amit Khare, IAS (Retd.) (JH:1985) as Advisor to the Prime Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, in the rank and scale of Secretary to Government of India, on contract basis, as per other usual terms and conditions as arc applicable in the case of re-employed officers of Secretary level in Government of India, initially for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”

Amit Khare Biography, Wiki

Amit Khare was born in a religious Chitraguptvanshi Kayastha family and did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hinoo in 1977 and then finished his Bachelor’s with Honors from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He has an elder brother Atul Khare, who is an Indian Foreign Service officer.

Khare, a 1985 batch (retired) IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, had superannuated on September 30.

He is a BSc (physics) graduate from St Stephens College in Delhi and also holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

He was instrumental in bringing to light the infamous fodder scam in Bihar when he was working as the deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum (Chaibasa) between 1995-1997.

Khare’s last achievement before retirement was to put in shape the National Education Policy 2020, an ambitious program of the current regime.

He assumed the charge of Secretary, Ministry of Education (Department of Higher Education) in December 2019. Within a short time thereafter, the National Education Policy 2020 was approved by the cabinet on 29 July 2020.

Khare also played a role in formulating the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

Amit Khare Biography
Amit Khare
ProfessionCivil Servant (retired Indian Administrative Service officer)
Famous forBeing appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2021
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Civil Service
ServiceIndian Administrative Service (IAS)
Batch1985
CadreJharkhand
Major Designation(s)• Assistant Collector (1 September 1987 – 1 August 1989)
• Joint Secretary Liaison/Protocol/Personnel and General Administration (1 August 1989 – 1 December 1989)
• Deputy Development Commissioner (1 December 1989 – 1 April 1992)
• District Collector and District Magistrate, Darbhanga (1 April 1992 – 1 May 1994)
• Additional Secretary Administrative Reforms/Personnel and General Administration (1 May 1995 – 1 April 1995)
• District Collector and District Magistrate, West Singhbhum (Chaibassa) (1 April 1995 – 1 January 1997)
• Controller Education/Human Resource Development (1 January 1997 – 1 December 1998)
• Secretary Revenue/Finance (1 December 1998 – 1 February 1999)
• District Collector and District Magistrate, Patna (1 February 1999 – 1 April 1999)
• Secretary Revenue/Finance (1 April 1999 – 1 June 1999)
• Director Elementry Education/Human Resource Development (1 June 1999 – 1 March 2000)
• District Collector and District Magistrate, Patna (1 March 2000 – 25 November 2000)
• Commissioner Commercial Taxes/Finance (25 November 2000 – 1 August 2001)
• Finance Commissioner Joint Secretary (1 August 2001 – 14 September 2002)
• Joint Secretary Information/Information & Broadcasting (15 September 2002 – 6 December 2003)
• Joint Secretary Elementry Education/Human Resource Development (15 September 2002 – 17 February 2004)
• Principal Secretary to Governor of Jharkhand Ved Marwah (18 February 2004 – 27 August 2008)
• Joint Secretary Higher Education/Human Resource Development (28 August 2008 – 28 August 2014)
• Member Secretary Chemicals & Fertilizers/Chemicals & Fertilizers (29 August 2014 – 7 April 2015)
• Principal Secretary Finance (8 April 2015 – 31 March 2016)
• Additional Chief Secretary Banking/Finance (31 March 2016 – 17 May 2018)
• Secretary Information & Broadcasting (31 May 2018 – 16 December 2019)
• Secretary M/o Education D/o Higher Education (16 December 2019 – 30 September 2021)
• Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (October 2021 – October 2023)
Service Years1985-2021
Retirement YearSeptember 2021
Retired asSecretary M/o Education D/o Higher Education
AwardsSecond Prize Phase V Mid Career Training Programme for IAS Officer by Director & Course Coordinator LBSNAA in 2014
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 September 1961 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2021)60 Years
BirthplaceJharkhand
Zodiac signVirgo
NationalityIndian
SchoolKendriya Vidyalaya, Hinoo, Ranchi, Jharkhand
College/University• St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
• IIM-Ahmedabad
• Syracuse University, New York
Educational Qualification(s) • B.Sc. (Hons.) (Physics) from St. Stephen’s College
• M.B.A. from IIM Ahmedabad
• Certificate in Public Administration from Syracuse University
ReligionHinduism
CasteChitraguptvanshi Kayastha
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseNidhi Khare (IAS officer)
SiblingsBrother– Atul Khare (elder) (a 1984 batch Indian Foreign Service officer)
Money Factor
Salary (as Secretary to the Union Government)Rs. 225,000

Amit Khare Career

In late 1995, Bihar was in a financial crunch. The then charismatic yet ‘native’ leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar, where the then finance commissioner VS Dubey stumbled upon financial irregularities of massive scale. In December 1995, Dubey was, as part of his job, reviewing the performance of various departments.

He found that money was withdrawn in excess of the allocation by some of the departments. Khare, who was then District Magistrate at Chaibasa, noted that the district animal husbandry department had withdrawn Rs 10 crore and Rs 9 crore twice without giving any details. Even when questioned, there was no response from the animal husbandry department.

Finally, in January 1996, Khare visited the office to investigate, and found it looking as if “someone had tried to destroy files in a hurry”. Many bogus bills were for amounts just under Rs. 10 lakhs (when there are more stringent authorization norms).

It seemed that such payments had been going on for years. The next day, simultaneous raids conducted at Ranchi and elsewhere found similar practices. This was the first evidence of the scam, which gathered momentum after regional CBI director U. N. Biswas defied political pressures to pursue the case up to the chief minister level. Those convicted include the preceding DM of Chaibasa, IAS officer Sajal Chakraborty.

Khare has interests in Education and has served as the State Elementary education secretary for several terms, and has also worked at the Ministry of Human Resource Development at the center. He helped introduce the National Education Policy 2020 which was approved by the cabinet on 29 July 2020. He has also served as principal secretary to Jharkhand governor Ved Marwah, and as Collector and DM, Patna.

He has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. On 14 December 2019, he assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Education (Department of Higher Education) with an additional charge of School Education – in the background of ongoing negotiations with JNU students regarding fee hike and campus lockdown Khare was appointed advisor to PM Narendra Modi on 12 October 2021.

Some Interesting Facts About Amit Khare

  • Khare was a meritorious student, and he had topped the school in 1977, securing 79.3 percent marks. On the other hand, his elder brother Atul Khare, an Indian Foreign Service officer, had done even better and earned a very high score of 85.8 percent and topped Kendriya Vidyalayas throughout India in 1975.
  • After completing his schooling in Jharkhand, he attended St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, where he earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Physics. Later, he earned an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad.
  • In 1985, Amit Khare cleared the UPSC examination and went to LBSNAA in Mussoorie for his training.
  • Amit Khare is noted for exposing the Fodder scam in Bihar, in which more than Rs. 940 crores were embezzled over many years, and two successive chief ministers, Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Yadav, were imprisoned for their roles.
  • Between April 1995 and January 1997, he was the DC for West Singhbhum when he smelled a rat while investigating reports of cash irregularities at the district animal husbandry department; at that time, he was in his early thirties. He noted that two separate withdrawals of Rs. 10 crore and Rs. 9 crores from the district animal husbandry department were made without any explanation. According to Khare, despite multiple inquiries, no response was received from the department.
  • While investigating the Fodder Scam in Bihar, Khare visited the animal husbandry department in January 1996, where he found someone had tried to destroy files in a hurry. A similar pattern was observed in raids conducted in Ranchi and elsewhere the next day.
  • Between 2003 and 2004, he received training in E-Governance & its Benefits at Tata Management Training Centre, Pune.
  • Education is an area of interest for him, and he has several years’ experience serving as the state Elementary education secretary. Moreover, he played a crucial role in introducing the National Education Policy 2020, which was approved by the cabinet on 29 July 2020.
  • On 12 October 2021, Amit Khare was appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for two years on a contract basis. Earlier, he retired as Secretary M/o Education D/o Higher Education on 30 September 2021.
  • As the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Mr. Khare is known to have introduced revolutionary measures to the ministry. Actress Kangana Ranaut, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare (centre), and Prasoon Joshi at Cannes Film Festival 2019 at Cannes in France, on May 16, 2019.

Amit Khare FAQ’s

Who is Amit Khare?

Amit Khare (born 1961) is an Indian Administrative Service officer (1985 batch) from Bihar/Jharkhand cadre and is currently serving as the Secretary, Ministry of Education in Government of India. 

What is Amit Khare famous for?

He is noted for his role in bringing to light the Fodder scam, in which Rs. 940 crores were embezzled in Bihar over many years, and successive chief ministers Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Yadav have been imprisoned.

What is Amit Khare’s salary?

Rs. 225,000

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