Hyderabad: SV Prasad who succumber to Covid on Tuesday morning was one of the excellent IAS officers I met during my long years in journalism. He was unassuming and known for his diligence. Non-controversial to a fault, he was always mindful of his duty. He was helpful to journalists with information and analysis.
Prasad was ever smiling. I visited him at his residence a couple of times along with my friend Chandrasekhara Reddy of Transco, AP, when he was principal secretary and chief secretary. Soft-spoken and well informed, Prasad would guide anyone who went to him with a problem. Even if he could not solve it himself he would advise as to how to go about it and explain the rule position.
An MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad, Prasad belonged to 1975 batch of IAS officers. He started his career as sub-collector, Guduru in Nellore district. He went on to serve as collector kadapa district in 1982 and Visakhapatnam in 1985. He worked for seven chief ministers as principal secretary from Nedurumilli Janardhana Reddy onwards. He was promoted as chief secretary in 2010 when K Rosaiah was chief minister bypassing about 20 officers of 1973,74 and 75 batches. He was liked by both Chandrababu Naidu and YS Rajasekhar Reddy. I met him once at Chiranjeevi’s place when the mega star was planning to launch a political party-Praja Rajyam. He was friendly with all and always within his limits.
Prasad was vice-chairman of APSTRC, chairman Genco and chief commissioner of Land Administration during his 36 years of service. He retired as vigilance commissioner for both united and residual AP.
A person of principles and dedication, Prasad was liked by all. I never heard anything negative spoken about him either by fellow officers or journalists. SV Prasad’s wife is on ventilator. One of his sons is in ICU and other in home quarantine. The senior IAS officer’s passing away is a rude shock to the family and friends. My heartfelt condolences to them.