Bengaluru: L K Atheeq, a senior IAS officer of 1991 batch is now the principal secretary to the chief minister of Karnataka.
He succeeds D N Narasimha Raju upon his superannuation. Until now, Atheeq was the principal secretary at the department of personnel and administrative reforms of the state government. He has earlier served at the World Bank and the prime minister’s office (PMO).
He had his education at the Syracuse University. He has a post-graduate degree in Economics (Agriculture). His work experience in the past includes his stints as CEO of zilla panchayat, district magistrate in two districts, director of rural drinking water and sanitation project and as state project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a campaign for ‘Education for All’.
He says he is passionate about education and health policy and governance reform. He regards it as a privilege that education became a fundamental right during his service at the PMO. Subsequently, higher education witnessed a phase of tremendous expansion.
At the personal level, he has a great liking for films, books and poetry and is also fond of travel and food. His wife is the daughter of a senior Mangaluru-based Chartered accountant.