Dr. R.S. Shukla is an Officer of Indian Administrative Service. He joined the 1986 Batch of IAS and was allotted to West Bengal Cadre. He has taken over the charge of Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on 1st August, 2019.
Dr. Shukla obtained M.A. and M. Phil., Degrees in English from Kanpur University before joining the IAS. Later, he obtained Master of Health Science and Doctor of Public Health Degrees from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA. He also worked as an intern as well as a Short-term Consultant with the World Bank in Washington DC as part of academic requirements at Johns Hopkins University.
Before joining as Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Shukla has served as Head of Departments of Higher Education, Health & Family Welfare, Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing and Food Processing Industries and Horticulture in the Government of West Bengal. He has also served as Deputy Chairman of Tea Board of India and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
Dr. Shukla has a special interest in public health management, health systems development and healthcare financing. He worked as a Project Director of World Bank-aided Health Systems Development Project in West Bengal. During his stint in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India (2008-2014), Dr. Shukla worked extensively on Disease Prevention and Control Progammes. It was during his tenure that the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) was transformed into National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and a long term action-plan was developed for turning NCDC into a Centre of Excellence for Diseases Surveillance, Prevention and Control in India. He has closely worked with national and international organizations like AIIMS, New Delhi, NCDC Delhi, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, World Bank, World Health Organization and Centres for Disease Control (CDC) Atlanta, USA on a variety of issues of public health importance.