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    Kumar Alok is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1990 batch and presently working as Deputy Director General at Unique Identification Authority of India. An M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, in Aeronautical Engineering, he is a social development professional with wide-ranging experience in various social sectors. He has long and rich experience in sanitation and hygiene promotion at the national level in India as well as in an international agency--UNICEF. He played a key role in designing and scaling up of Indias national rural sanitation programme while working as Director, Rural sanitation in the Department of Drinking Water Supply in the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He was responsible for initiating a large number of innovations in Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)- the flagship rural sanitation programme in India, including designing and operationalizing the innovative incentive scheme, Nirmal Gram Puraskar and an effective online monitoring system for TSC. These innovations were instrumental in revamping and rejuvenating the rural sanitation programme in India. He has authored a book Squatting with Dignity: Lessons from India which presents a detailed account of the development of the rural sanitation movement in India in the last decade and has been published by SAGE Publications in January 2010.

      
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