Anil Swarup, a 1981 batch UP cadre IAS and secretary of the coal ministry Previously the head of the Project Monitoring Group. Swarup was the Officer-in-Special Duty (OSD) in the ministry, working closely with previous coal secretary SK Srivastava before taking over the charge of coal secretary on October 31, 2014.
An MA in political science, Swarup originally hails from Uttar Pradesh. In early 1990s, he was collector of Kheri dsitrict. In his over three decades long career, he served as secretary, industries in UP and Managing Director of Pradeshiya Industries and Investment Corporation of UP (PICUP). At the Centre, he was an export commissioner under Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), and chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an agency under the union ministry of commerce and industry.
Between 2006 and 2013, Swarup was with the union labour ministry, first as joint secretary and then as additional secretary. In labour ministry, he was a key driver implementing the national health insurance scheme – the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a cashless and smartcard-based health insurance scheme which benefited about 90 million people and was chosen by UNDP as one of the best social security schemes for publication.