Profile of AS & DC

Shri Devendra Kumar Singh
                              IAS (KL:1989)

State Govt. – Kerala:

He held a number of assignments in the State in different areas. Prior to joining Ministry of MSME, he was working in Govt. of Kerala as Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) and Agriculture Production Commissioner. Steps relating to micro planning based on agro-ecological units were initiated and six whole sale markets were brought on e-NAM Platform. Policy relating to FPO and agricultural exports from Kerala State were notified.

Earlier he has also worked as Secretary (Fisheries) and Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Zoo). He has worked as District Collector in two Districts namely: Wayanad and Kollam and at sub-divisional levels as Sub-Collector in different subdivisions (Trissur and Fort Cochin).

Central Deputation:

While on Central deputation to Government of India worked as Deputy Secretary (NEC) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (1999-2004) / Director in Ministry of DONER. He was Additional Director General Foreign Trade (ADGFT), Directorate General of Foreign Trade, New Delhi (2011-2016). During his stint in Directorate General of Foreign Trade, he has been assigned the work related to formulation of Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20) and measures to enhance transparency, enhance e-governance, greater trade facilitation, digitization of processes and working towards the concept of whole of Government of India in the foreign trade governance so as to achieve larger objective of bringing national interest in focus. He was also the Member Secretary of the Second Taskforce on Transaction Cost in Exports which was aimed to evolve a strategy towards reducing transaction cost in terms of specific problems for export and import.

Subsequently, he was posted as Chairman, APEDA (November, 2016-July, 2018) where he focussed on preparation of national agricultural export policy, measures to open exports from North East Region and creation of export infrastructure & promoting organic exports