Shri Arun Goyal, a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Union Territories Cadre, is former Secretary to Government of India. He superannuated in August 2019 from the Cabinet Secretariat as Secretary (Coordination). He has more than 34 years of wide ranging experience with Government of India, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations particularly in areas of power, finance, commerce and industry.
He is passionate about reforms, institution building and bringing about systemic changes in the organizations. He has been part of major reforms and transitions in India including rolling out & subsequent implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST); setting up of Financial Intelligence Unit & Anti- Money Laundering regime and India’s transition from GATT to WTO.
He has extensive experience in all spheres of power Sector with three tenures in Delhi’s Power Sector during different stages of its transformation and has held various positions including Principal Secretary (Power); CMD, Delhi Transco Ltd.; CMD, Delhi Power Company Ltd.; Chairman, Indraprastha Power Generation Co. Ltd.; Chairman, Pragati Power Corporation Ltd. and Additional General Manager (Administration) of erstwhile Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking. He played a major role in carrying forward and stabilizing historic power reforms of Delhi resulting in unbundling of Delhi Vidyut Board and privatization of distribution. He effectively handled major power crisis in Delhi arising out of devastating thunderstorm on 30th May 2014 and preparing comprehensive investment plan for upgrading Delhi’s power transmission system. As Principal Secretary (Power), Govt. of Goa, he finalized and signed ‘24X7 Power for All’ MoU between Govt. of India and Govt. of Goa.
As head of Project Monitoring Group in the Cabinet Secretariat for more than three and a half years, he played key role in resolving variety of issues for expeditious implementation of many mega and stalled infrastructure projects including many power transmission and generation projects.
He has more than 9 years’ experience in various facets of Finance in Government of India and has held positions of Special Secretary, GST Council; Minister (Economic & Commercial), Embassy of India, Tokyo; and Director, Financial Intelligence Unit-India. He was also Secretary (Finance) in Andaman & Nicobar Administration for about two years.
Shri Arun Goyal has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering; an MBA (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad; MA (Economics) from HP University and MSc (Development Management) from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.