Speaker's Profile 

Ashok Kumar Jain

Adviser, NITI Aayog, Government of India

Ashok Kumar Jain belongs to the 1983 batch of Indian Forest Service, Telangana Cadre, India. He is presently working as an Adviser (Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Sustainable Development Goals) in NITI Aayog, Government of India.  He did his MSc and MPhil in Botany and PhD in Development Studies.  He has held several important assignments in Andhra Pradesh State, India, such as District Forest Officer; Conservator of Forests; Project Director, Drought Prone Area Programme; Special Commissioner, DPAP and Wage Employment; Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State Irrigation Development Corporation; Director, Ground Water Department; Special Secretary, Irrigation and Command Area Development Department; and Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Housing Board and Commissioner, Housing. He is also a member in several committees of the Government of India.  Jain has supported a sub-group of Chief Ministers on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission) in preparing their report which was submitted to the Prime Minister of India in October 2015.  He was also the Convener of the Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India headed by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. Ashok Kumar Jain has published several research papers in various Journals.