Eminent bureaucrat and former cabinet secretary, BG Deshmukh, 82, died on Sunday due to a brain haemorrhage following a head injury after falling down in his house, doctors treating him said. He is survived by his nephews.
Deshmukh, who joined the administrative services in 1951, later served as cabinet secretary from 1986 to 1989.
He also served as principal secretary to three Indian prime ministers – Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh and Chandra Shekhar.
Deshmukh also served as secretary to the chief minister, Maharashtra. Deshmukh was admitted to Nobel Hospital in Pune on Friday when he suffered head injuries after he fell down inside his home in Hadapsar.
‘A Cabinet Secretary Looks Back — From Poona to the Prime Minister’s Office’ was among some of the books written by Deshmukh. He has also written ‘A Cabinet Secretary Thinks Aloud’, which won wide acclaim.
After his retirement from government service, Deshmukh served on the board of several companies. He was also a chairman of an NGO, Janwani.