Somesh Kumar

Chairman, SoFTNET
Chief Secretary
Government of Telangana State

Sri Somesh Kumar,was born on 22nd December, 1963 in the State of Bihar. He has earned a post-graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. Before joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the year 1989, Sri Somesh Kumar worked as a psychologist in DRDO for about two years between 1987 and 1989.

As a civil servant, he began his stint as the sub-Collector, Bodhan and went on to serve as PO, ITDA; Addl. Commissioner, GHMC; Collector, Anantapur Dist.; Project Co-ordinator AP Urban Service for Poor; Commissioner, Collegiate Education; Commissioner, Tribal Welfare.

Before joining IAS in 1984, Somesh Kumar worked for 8 months in the Indian Railways Service as Signals and Telecommunications Engineer. He started the Civil Services career as Assistant Collector in Nellore. Later worked as Sub-Collector of Tenali and Vikarabad, Joint Collector and Collector of Krishna District.

As GHMC Commissioner, he is credited with the introduction of now popular Rs. 5 a-meal scheme and the launch of the Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP).

Sri Somesh Kumar served as the Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare Dept. from November, 2015 to December, 2016 and introduced the much-acclaimed Chief Minister’s ST Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scheme.

As the Principal Secretary, Revenue, Commercial Taxes and Excise, Sri Somesh Kumar ensured smooth transition to the GST regime, plugged loopholes and tax evasion through technological and policy interventions and brought about several measures to curb leakage in the excise revenue.

Sri Somesh Kumar was serving as the Special Chief Secretary (Revenue, CT, Excise) and CCLA (FAC) before being appointed as Chief Secretary to Government of


Jayesh Ranjan

Vice Chairman, SoFTNET
Secretary, Department of ITE&C
Government of Telangana State

Sri Jayesh Ranjan, is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and currently working in the state of Telangana as Secretary, Telangana ITE & C Department. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank and UN-ESCAP, international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy.


R.Shailesh Reddy

Department of ITE&C
Government of Telangana State

Sri R Shailesh Reddy, Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications from Osmania University. In a career span of 20 years, worked in Newstime English Daily, Eenadu Television at New Delhi, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited and Zee News Limited. Started the career as Reporter in Newstime and gradually progressed to the post of Business Head at Zee News Limited. As Business Head at Zee News Limited was instrumental in the expansion of operations of Zee Group in Telangana.