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  Shri Jawed Usmani

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