Padma Bhushan Shri D. R. Mehta
Padma Bhushan Shri D. R. Mehta, a top bureaucrat, is a law graduate who studied at Royal Institute of Public Administration, London (UK) and Alfred Sloan School of Management, MIT, Boston (USA).
Shri Mehta joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1961. He was designated on several key level positions both in Govt. of Rajasthan and Govt. of India. He retired from active service as the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Regulator of the capital market in India, after holding this post for seven years up to 2002. Before that, Shri Mehta was the Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India and the Director General of Foreign Trade, Govt. of India. Earlier he served the Government of India and the State Government of Rajasthan on various important key assignments.
As a social worker, Shri Mehta established an NGO, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur in 1975, which provides, cost free artificial limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances to the handicapped. In the last three decades, the Society, of which Shri Mehta is the Founder and Patron, has benefited around 12, 00,000 handicapped including those in 25 other countries.
Shri D. R. Mehta established the Prakrit Bharti Academy, a cultural and literary organization. The Academy has already published 200 books, some of which have been reviewed all over the world.
Shri Mehta is also running a center for the leprosy patients and is also serving as Chairman of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (Rajasthan), which is a branch of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi at the national level. The organization works for propagation of Gandhian ideas, Harijan upliftment and support for leprosy patients.
Shri Mehta received the prestigious International “Tech Award for Innovation for benefit of humanity” by Tech Museum Innovation Organization of the US. Recognizing his valuable services to the society, Shri Mehta was also honored with Padmabhushan by the president of India on republic day 2008.
His Innovation of New Artificial Limb with Stanford University, USA was recognized as one of the 50 Best Innovations of the world and was featured on cover page of Time Magazine.