Speakers Profile

Mr Arvind Varma
Secretary General
Indian Beverage Association

Arvind Varma was educated (1949 to 1957) at the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi and did his graduation and post-graduation from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. Both in school and College, he had a fairly full and diverse extra curricular portfolio, including as Editor of the students' periodicals of the two institutions.

He appeared for and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1963. Allotted to the Uttar Pradesh Cadre, he did various field and HQ assignments under the Government of that State – as Collector of Etawah and Agra, as Divisional Commissioner of Jhansi, Moradabad, Faizabad and Lucknow Divisions. As Commissioner, Faizabad Division from December 7, 1992, he dealt successfully with the volatile and highly sensitive situation following the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya the previous day.

His stints with the Central Government included assignments as Secretary, Government of India in the Ministries of Coal, Personnel, Mines and Chemicals & Petrochemicals. Ticklish matters like processing and decisions in respect of the report of the Fifth Central Pay Commission and the conversion of the Central Vigilance Commission into a statutory body were dealt with by him as Secretary, Ministry of Personnel.

Has been involved, post-retirement in 2000, as Chairman/Member of various committees set up from time to time by different Ministries and by the Planning Commission. (Functioned as a member of the Planning Commission Committee on review of the National Mineral Policy and as chairman of a Planning Commission Expert Group to suggest streamlining of Centrally Sponsored Schemes.) Was also associated with an educational institution of the University of Delhi as Chairman of the Governing Body. Continues as Adviser, Indian Wind Energy Association. ONGC, in association with Transparency International and in consultation with the Central Vigilance Commissioner, put in place in April, 2006 a system (unique in India then and slowly expanding to other Central PSUs) of Independent External Monitors in respect of its tenders so as to ensure transparency and provide a forum (comprising persons of impeccable integrity) for any aggrieved parties to seek redress. Arvind Varma, along with two other retired government servants, was one of the three Independent External Monitors till May, 2011. Is also Member of an Ad-hoc Task Force to finalise an annual performance-based Results Framework Document between the Secretary and Minister of several Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Was Secretary General, ISDMA for over two years before being appointed as Secretary General of the Indian Beverage Association in 2010.