Hometown: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Wife: Shakti Luther
Some lesser known facts about Tarun Kapoor
- Tarun Kapoor is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and former Secretary of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. On 2 May 2022, he was appointed as an advisor to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, He was appointed for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge. Retired IAS officer Bhaskar Khulbe’s term ended in February 2022, and the post of advisor to the PM had fallen vacant.
- Tarun Kapoor is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. He has thirty three years of experience at the state and national level. Before being appointed as the Petroleum Secretary of India, he was posted as the Deputy Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority.
- Tarun Kapoor has worked as Additional Chief Secretary in the Government of Himachal Pradesh and its various departments such as Power, Environment & Forests, Food & Civil Supplies, Excise and PWD.
- From 2011 to 2016, he served on the National Solar Mission as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Later, he was appointed to look after Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, a CPSE in the field of hydropower.
- When Tarun Kapoor was serving as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Renewable Energy at the Centre, he outlined the Prime Minister’s plan to promote solar energy in India. Due to this his colleagues used to call him by the name of IAS Solar Man.
- From 2018 and 2021, Tarun served as the chief secretary of the state of Himachal Pradesh and director of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in the state government, as deputy commissioner of Shimla and Chamba districts. He worked as Resident Commissioner in Pangi, a tribal area of Himachal Pradesh. He also served as the Secretary or Principal Secretary of the Departments of Public Works, Forest and Environment, Excise and Taxation, Food and Supplies.
- Reportedly, amid the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Kapoor worked tirelessly to design and implement the free LPG cylinder-from-home scheme and became popular as “Modi’s man”. According to a senior ministry official, Tarun Kapoor is close to the Prime Minister. Narendra Modi in various national level projects. He said,
Kapoor has been close to the PM as a low-profile and old school official whose notes and thoughts never go wrong. He also worked on another pet project of the PM – the development of the city’s gas distribution network under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) Act, 2006.
- An official order was issued by the Union Personnel Ministry on 2 May 2022, which stated,
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Kapoor as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. His post and pay scale will be similar to that of a Secretary to the Government of India and his appointment will be initially for a period of two years from the date of joining.
- Tarun Kapoor has also served in the Congress government led by Manmohan Singh.