It was briefly reported yesterday that Shri.Ravi Capoor, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1986 batch, has assumed charge of the office of secretary, ministry of textiles in New Delhi. Previously, as additional chief secretary, Assam, from 2016 to 2019, he was in charge of mines & minerals, forest & environment, act east policy affairs and public enterprises department.
In addition, he also had the portfolios of industry and commerce. From 2011 to 2016, Capoor worked as joint secretary in the ministry of commerce and industry, Government of India and was handling India’s trade with ASEAN, CIS countries, engineering exports and export promotion programme of the commerce and industry ministry. He was also the CEO of India Brand Equity Foundation.
Capoor also worked as executive director, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and director in the ministry of petroleum from 2004 to 2008. He was involved in the sectors of refining, project management and implementation, pricing and supply and resolving operational issues. He was additional development commissioner, handicrafts under Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi from 2002 to 2004. During 1999-2002, he was project director of World Bank funded project on rural infrastructure in Assam. Capoor has vast experience of working in international agencies like the World Bank, European Union, United Nations, and Department for International Development in the Primary Education Project with Government of India. Capoor has becomes textiles secretary at a time when there is a steep decline in exports of cotton yarn, fabrics, made-ups, handloom products and readymade garments due to a fall in demand in importing countries such as China, Bangladesh and South Korea.