TSR Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary, dies at 79. PM Modi pays tribute

TSR Subramanian, a former Cabinet Secretary of the Union government of India, died today. He was 79.

The Indian Administrative Service Association confirmed Subramanian's death on Twitter. "Extremely shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of T S R Subramanian," the IAS Association said in a tweeted posted today morning.
The cause of Subramanian's death was unknown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Subramanian's death. PM Modi called Subramanian an "outstanding civil servant" and said he had left a mark "with his prolific writings and interventions on important public causes".

"He was the tallest amongst all and is a big loss for the IAS fraternity and the nation," the IAS Association earlier said on Twitter. "Cremation of Shri. T.S.R. Subramanian, Former Cabinet Secretary will take place at Lodhi Road crematorium at 5.30 pm today, 26th February."

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam too tweeted about Subramanian's death. Sitharaman called Subramanian an "affable" and "energetic" person who was "full of ideas".

Minister of Textiles and of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani too condoled Subramanian's death. "Shocked to hear about the sad demise of TSR Subramanian ji. Had the good fortune of receiving his guidance on many a policy matters," Irani said on Twitter.

Subramaninan was part of a group of bureaucrats and diplomats on whose petition the Supreme Court in 2013 rolled out key civil services reforms.

The court, while disposing of a petition filed by Subramanian and others, passed directions aimed at protecting the bureaucracy from political interference.

According to a The Hindu report, the Supreme Court then also said that bureaucrats should not act on verbal orders given by politicians and suggested a fixed tenure for civil servants.

Subramanian was a 1961-batch officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He served as Cabinet Secretary from August 1, 1996 to March 1, 1998.

As Cabinet Secretary, Subramanian was the boss of the civil services; he was the senior-most government servant and headed the Cabinet Secretariat, which is responsible for the administration of the Indian government.
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