Former Cabinet Secretary C.R. Krishnaswamy Rao Sahib, who was a distinguished IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, passed away at Chennai on Tuesday. He was 86.

He is survived by wife Lalitha Rao Sahib (79) and daughters – Nalini, Nimmi and Padma – four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Rao Sahib had the distinction of working with three Prime Ministers as he was Principal Secretary to Charan Singh and Cabinet Secretary during 1981-85 in the Governments of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He also served as secretary to then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jalagam Vengal Rao while serving in the State.

Born into a Thanjavur Marathi Rayar (Colathur) family in Tamil Nadu on February 2, 1927, Rao Sahib had his school education in P.S. Higher Secondary School and college education in the famous Presidency College in Madras. After his college, he wanted to pursue science but decided to enter the civil services as the better option. A dedicated and able administrator, Rao Sahib was honoured with the second highest civilian award of Padma Vibhushan in 2006 in recognition of his yeoman services, over 20 years after his retirement. He was also conferred with the Great Maratha Award in 2009.

His maternal grandfather, R. Ramachandra Rao, was also a civil servant who held several positions in the combined Madras State, including the Collector’s post of Kurnool, Nellore and Madras.

Rao Sahib’s funeral will be held in the electric crematorium at Besant Nagar in Chennai at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Kiran, Naidu express grief

A. P. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Leader of the Opposition, N. Chandrababu Naidu, expressed grief over the death of Krishnaswamy Rao Sahib.

In his message, the Chief Minister recalled the services of Rao Sahib in various positions he held in the State and at the Centre. He was a visionary and played a stellar role in the making of the Integrated Guided Missile Programme of the country during the 1980s. Mr. Naidu said Rao Sahib was an able administrator and service-oriented.

The former Cabinet Secretary was a distinguished IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre