ROLE PLAYERS 2017 - D. K. Manavalan

D. K. Manavalan

Executive Director
AFPRO - Action For Food Production

He belongs to the 1965 batch of IAS West Bengal Cadre. He has held responsible positions under the Government of West Bengal :- 1) Special Secretary, Finance and Commissioner Commercial Taxes, 2) Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayats and 3) Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries.

With the Government of India he has held positions as Joint Secretary to Govt of India, Ministry of HRD, Incharge of Youth Affairs, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Welfare, Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment and Secretary, Deptt of Youth Affairs and Sports. He retired from the IAS as Secretary to Govt of India.

Presently heading a National level NGO AFPRO – Action For Food Production working in Natural Resource Management, Watershed and Livelihood programmes for Tribals, SC and marginalized population of India. He is involved extensively in areas of work connected with management of water and made extensive studies regarding water balancing and innovative approach in capacitating communities. Low cost input approach for water management is unique in AFPRO's interventions. AFPRO has been working in arid zones to find solutions in hard rock areas in India and also bringing awareness among communities and designing sustainable water harvesting structures in rural India.