Mr C. Achalender Reddy, a 1986 Batch, IFS (Indian Forest Service) officer, retired at the level of PCCF, Arunachal Pradesh has been appointed as – Director, Centre for Innovations in Public Systems, (an autonomous centre of Administrative Staff College of India) established on the recommendations of 13th Finance Commission. He took over the charge of Director, CIPS on 15th February, 2021. Mr. Reddy hails from a farming family of the nondescript village called Yerragollapahad of Jangoan district, Telangana and is a product of Agricultural University, Rajendranagar.
Earlier, held the position of Managing Director, Goa Forest Development Corporation and served in various capacities for about 34 years in AGMUT Cadre, i.e,- Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar Islands; OSD- Buddha Purnima Project under the then HUDA & Additional Secretary, Tourism in erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh: Director – National Bamboo Mission – Goa and as Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India.
During his more than three decades of service, credited with Awards and Commendation letters from Chief Secretary, Central and State level Ministers for his outstanding work and professionalism. Mr Reddy is a popular guest speaker at various Universities, Institutions and Academies imparting training to All India Service and Group ‘A’ Officers. He was given the “Wildlife Service Award” by the Sanctuary Asia Magazine for his outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation in general and particularly for Sea Turtle protection in Goa. Ecotourism Wing was opened for the first time by the Goa state government in the year 1999 based on his Approach Paper.
As Secretary, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), played a key role in assisting MoEFCC in successfully organizing a mega international event – Eleventh Conference of Parties (CoP-11) to Convention on Biological Diversity in Oct, 2012 at Hyderabad. Based on his Concept Note, A “Biodiversity Park” was established at Hi-Tech City, Hyderabad which has become an iconic spot now.
In NBA, he played a vital role in establishing the “Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law” in collaboration with Norwegian agencies. He is the Chairman of a National Level Expert Committee on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) on Genetic resources; a Member of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Amendments to BD Act constituted by MoEFCC and a Member of the Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on DSI constituted by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal. While in service and after retirement also, he represented India in several international meetings and dialogues pertaining to Biodiversity. He has some publications to his credit on Biodiversity, Innovations in Governance etc. Recently, appointed as a Member of the National Biodiversity Authority (not a full-time position) a statutory regulatory body of the Government of India.