Mr. Usmani worked with four Prime Ministers of India (Mr. HD Deve Gowda, Mr. IK
Gujral, Mr. AB Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh). As Joint Secretary to the Prime
Minister, Mr. Usmani coordinated social and economic portfolios processing all matters
for consideration of the Prime Minister relating to the Ministries of Finance, Industry,
Commerce, Railways, Road Transport & Highways, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Power,
Petroleum & Natural Gas, Coal, Communications, Health & Family Welfare, Environment,
Minority Affairs, as well as the Planning Commission. During his term he was recognized
for his role in the National Highway Development Project, where he conceived the
‘annuity-based’ model for highway construction as a viable alternative to the ‘toll-based’
model. He also contributed to the National Telecom Policy of 1999 that facilitated
the opening up of India’s telecom sector to private investment, Mr. Usmani serviced
the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, the Task Force on Infrastructure
as well as the National Economic Advisory Council to inform public policy and programme
monitoring and review at the national level.
Highlights / Achievements
- Played an important role in the formulation of the National Highways Development
Project (NHDP) and conceived the Annuity based BOT model for highway construction
as a viable alternative to the Toll based BOT model. The NHDP continues to be one
of the most important PPP based initiatives of the GoI for upgrading and building
much needed infrastructure, a key constraint to India’s economic growth.
- While servicing the Group on Telecommunications set up by the Prime Minister under
the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, participated in the formulation
of the National Telecom Policy 1999, which facilitated the opening up of India’s
telecom sector to private investment.
- Drafted the policy for the development of Petroleum, Chemicals & Petro-Chemicals
Investment Regions (PCPIRs). Assisted in steering the draft policy till approval
by the Cabinet and notification. This would be the basis of development of the petroleum,
chemicals & petro-chemicals industry in the country in future. Policies relating
to investment regions for other sectors are being prepared, using the PCPIR Policy
as a template.
- Played a key role in formulation and approval of the Delhi-Mumbai and DelhiKolkata
railway freight corridor project and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project.
These mega projects are now under implementation.
- Was a member of the delegation accompanying the Prime Minister on
his visit to the USA in July 2005 when the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement was signed.
June 2001 to February 2004
Minister, Economic Cooperation
Embassy of India, Kathmandu, Nepal