As Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh for over two years, Mr. Usmani headed the governance
structure of the largest state of India, monitoring and coordinating the functioning
of more than fifty ministries/departments of government and steering the formulation
and implementation of policies for the socio-economic development of the state.
He provided strategic direction for the conceptualisation and adoption of the “Development
Agenda of the State” that included innovative initiatives such as metro rail project,
an expressway, Egovernance and IT city. He led the annual planning and budgetary
process for the annual budget of the state government, ensuring effective financial
management for results and fiscal responsibility. Besides providing leadership to
the vast bureaucratic and administrative machinery of the state, he also functioned
as the principal advisor to the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers. Mr.
Usmani also led and coordinated the massive administrative arrangements for successfully
organising the “Maha-Kumbh” a great Indian religious pilgrimage, known to be the
largest ever gathering of humanity in the world. This large-scale successful organization
was recognized during his presentation at Harvard University’s South Asia Institute
seminar on the subject
Highlights / Achievements
- Provided strategic direction and conceptualization for the socio-economic development
of the state, by identifying the key developmental programs and projects sector-wise
in a comprehensive yet focused document titled ‘The Development Agenda of the State’.
This initiative has ensured that the developmental efforts of various ministries
and agencies of the state government are brought together in an integrated and coherent
manner, to achieve optimal results by focusing attention on important programs and
by effective monitoring. It has also enabled the government to present its developmental
vision in a transparent manner to the media, the civil society and other stakeholders,
and to initiate and sustain a dialogue on the issues involved.
- Coordinated the formulation of the results oriented Annual Plans of the state for
the years 2012-13 and 2013-14 and their approval by the Planning Commission of India,
enabling the availability of financial resources from the central government as
well as from the state’s own resources, to various ministries of the state government
to implement development programs and projects over these two years.
- Coordinated formulation and approval of various policies to achieve economic growth
in the state. These included, (a) the State Infrastructure and Industrial Investment
Policy, (b) the State Agriculture Development Policy, (c) policies to encourage
growth of the dairy and poultry sectors in the state, (d) the State Food Processing
Industry Policy, (e) the State Sugar Industry Development Policy, (f) the IT Industry
Policy, (g) the Solar Energy Promotion Policy, and (h) the Financial Restructuring
Plan for the Power Sector of the state. These policies, effectively implemented,
have the potential to turn around Uttar Pradesh on the path towards rapid economic
- Monitored critical programs for social development such as the National Rural Health
Mission, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program and the Education for All
Program. Improved the delivery mechanism of key social development schemes such
as the village link road construction scheme, rural housing schemes and scholarship
schemes for disadvantaged sections of society. Formulated a comprehensive social
security scheme, aimed at providing conditional cash transfer through monthly pension
to 40 lakh poor families identified and selected after a rigorous process.