Naresh Chandra , former Indian Ambassador to US passes away at 82 in Goa

Naresh Chandra , former Indian Ambassador to US passes away at 82 in Goa
Naresh Chandra , former Indian Ambassador to US passes away at 82 in Goa.

New Delhi, July 10: Former Indian Ambassador to the US Naresh Chandra took his last breath at the age of 82 in Goa late Sunday. He passed away at around 10 p.m., due to multiple organ failure, in Goa’s Manipal Hospitals, a hospital official said. His office confirmed that Chandra was admitted to the hospital on Friday.

Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990-92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001. He was awarded India’s second highest civil awards, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2007. (ANI)

“He was admitted to the hospital on Friday evening with complaints of fever and with myalgia (muscle pain) since three days followed with multiple episodes of vomiting and loose stools from the afternoon onwards,” according to Shekhar Salkar, chief of clinical services at Manipal Hospital.

Naresh Chandra Indian administrative officer

Naresh Chandra joined the Indian Administrative Service in May, 1956 and till 1964 served in different posts in various districts of Rajasthan. Between 1965 and 1973, Naresh Chandra served under Central Government of India as ‘Deputy Secretary, Agriculture, Community Development and Cooperation’, ‘Deputy Secretary, Administrative Reforms Commission’, ‘Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs’ and ‘Director, Third Central Pay Commission’.

Between 1973 and 1977, he was appointed as the Secretary, Industry and Mines Department, Government of Rajasthan and the Chairman, Rajasthan Electricity Board. He was posted as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Government of India in 1977, the assignment he held till 1981. That year he was appointed in the Commonwealth Secretariat as Adviser on export Industrialization and Policy, Colombo, Sri Lanka, a post he held up to May, 1984. In July, 1984, he took over as Finance Secretary, Government of Rajasthanand in July 1985, Shri Naresh Chandra became Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan.

He was also an Adviser to the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir in 1986 for a period of 8 months. During 1987 to 1989, he served as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. He worked as Defence Secretary from February 1989 to March 1990 and from March 1990 to December 1990 as Union Home Secretary, Government of India. In December 1990 he became the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India which post he held till July 1992. Thereafter, in August 1992, he was appointed as Senior Adviser to Prime Minister. Naresh Chandra took over as the Governor of Gujarat on 1 July 1995 and continued till February 1996.

Ambassador Chandra’s long official association with the United States spans more than three decades, beginning with his first visit to this country in 1963-64. He has been the Indian Co-chairman of the US-India Technology Group, and Member of the Indo-US Economic Sub-Commission, which lent him valuable insight into the broad range of Indo-US relations. Following the economic liberalisation program in India, he led the first official delegation to the US in 1992 to promote US investments in India. He has been deeply involved in several important conferences organised subsequently in the US by business development groups.