As member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, BN Yugandhar was instrumental in getting an entire chapter on disability issues included in the Plan.

BN Yugandhar former IAS officer and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellas father passes awayImage source: Twitter/YSChowdary
Atom Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 09:28

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella's father and former IAS officer B.N. Yugandhar passed away here on Friday after brief illness. He was 80.

Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who served in the Prime Minister's Office and the Planning Commission, breathed his last at his residence in Banjara Hills here, family sources said.

It was immediately not clear as to when Yugandhar will be cremated and if Satyana Nadella will attend the last rites.

An IAS officer of the 1962 batch, Yugandhar held many key positions both in undivided Andhra Pradesh and at the Centre. Known for his clean record, he was instrumental in implementation of many schemes designed for the poor and marginalized sections of the society.

As member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, he was instrumental in getting an entire chapter on disability issues included in the Plan, official sources said, a PTI report states. He was also ensured that persons with disabilities were included in MGNREGA.

He was the top bureaucrat in the Rural Development Ministry when P.V. Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister.

Yugandar, who is remembered by his contemporaries as an upright officer with strong left leaning, was a Planning Commission member during United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I government (2004-09).

The IAS official was also credited with pushing through guidelines which would institutionalise money flow for watershed development direct to districts from the Central government, bypassing states.

Yugandhar also served as Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration from 1988 to 1993.

He also authored several books on decentralised planning, land reforms and rural development issues.

Known for simplicity, Yugandar performed his son's marriage with his IAS batchmate K. R. Venugopal's daughter Anupama in a simple manner. He did not event invite then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao for the marriage.

When his son became Microsoft CEO in 2014, Yugandar and his family members sought to avoid media attention, saying they wished for privacy.

Yugandhar, who hailed from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, did not forget his roots and worked for the development of his village Bukkapuram.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his condolences over the demise of Yugandhar. Rao said Yugandhar was a sincere, honest officer who was known for his simplicity.

The Chief Minister also recalled the services rendered by Yugandhar. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family, especially Yugandhar's son.

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