BN Yugandhar, Former Bureaucrat and Father of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Passes Away at 82


Hyderabad: BN Yugandhar, a former bureaucrat and the father of Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella, died in Hyderabad on Friday following a brief illness. He was 82.

Yugandhar, a 1962-batch IAS officer, had served in the Prime Minister’s Office under PV Narasimha Rao, and also as director of the Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. He was a member of the Planning Commission during 2004-2009 and was instrumental in ensuring the inclusion of a chapter on disability issues in the Plan, official sources said.

Yugandhar also served as a secretary in the Union Rural Development Ministry.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recalled Yugandhar as a sincere and honest officer known for his simplicity.

Several bureaucrats condoled Yugandhar's demise and remembered his efforts to work for the development of backward sections of society. "Yugandhar was a doyen of IAS officers and a jewel in the crown of civil services officers," Telangana chief secretary SK Joshi said.

Former Union Home Secretary K Padmanabhaiah recalled Yugandhar as a committed and brilliant officer.

BP Acharya, president of Telangana IAS officers' Association, also condoled the death. "Yugandhar is a role model for young officers to emulate in terms of his contributions to the field of rural development,” he said.

Narinder S Bedi, president of civil society organisation Young India Project, said Yugandhar was very passionate about working towards rural development and the marginalised sections. "Even after discharging his responsibilities from the government, he would regularly follow up with NGOs to take note of the situation in rural areas and support them. Apart from all this, he is a very good and dear friend,” he said.

"There was a genre of officers, the cadre, who focused on anti-poverty strategies and Yugandhar was one of them," said Jayaprakash Narayana, founder of LokSatta Party. "He played a pivotal role in the SC/ST special component plans — where resources were exclusively allotted to them."

(With PTI inputs)