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Men who matter: P. Ramesh Kumar


A native of Andhra Pradesh, this IAS officer is in love with West Bengal. "The land is fertile and the people are good and humble. And, above all, what I like the most in that State is that people spend much of their free time amidst cultural activities," says the Development Commissioner of Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ), P. Ramesh Kumar.

The reason behind his fondness for Bengal is that he had served in various parts of that State for over 12 years before his posting to VSEZ.

Cuddapah-born Ramesh Kumar completed his post-graduation in public administration from Andhra University. He worked for a brief period as a lecturer in Andhra Christian College in Guntur and as a probationary officer with State Bank of India, before being selected for the Civil Services in 1986 under West Bengal cadre.

"I held various positions in Bongaon, Midnapore, Nadia and Jalpaiguri. In 2000, I applied for the post in VSEZ, as I wanted to work in my home State for some time. I got selected and here I am today."

About the city

According to him, this city has great potential but it has not been utilised to the fullest extent. "Apart from being blessed with all types of resources, the most important resource for this city is its people; they are honest, hard working and above all peace loving. The city should have grown and developed at least by two folds, but it has not done so due to many factors. But in the coming years, it is going to show its true form by becoming one among the top cities in the world."

On VSEZ

Ramesh Kumar is optimistic that VSEZ is going to play a major role in enhancing the image of the city. "The zone is poised for a big leap in the coming years. We have almost every sector right from apparels to pharma and from IT to food processing units occupying the entire area in the next couple of years."

He believes in the philosophy that customer is God. "If one has to excel and move with the trend, then he or she should understand that it is no longer a seller's market. The simple reason that we have been able to get people to the zone despite its limitations compared to the other SEZs is that we have gone to the customer rather than wait for them to approach us."

An avid movie watcher and a reader, he says: "I spend most of my free time either watching a movie or reading a book. And I am not very choosy about movies or books. I read anything that comes my way."

S.B.

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