Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R Iyer passed away on 9 September 2015 following a severe bout of viral fever in New Delhi. He was 86.
Iyer was known for producing a rich body of commentary on water policy and environmental issues. His opinion pieces in the national daily The Hindu were widely read and appreciated by regular readers.
His last held position was that of an honorary research professor at the Centre for Policy Research. Prior to that, Iyer served as Secretary of Water Resources in the central government as an officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service.
He was instrumental in drafting India’s first National Water Policy in 1987. For his valuable contributions, he was also awarded with the Padma Shri in 2014.
He was born in October 1929 in Thakkalai, Tamil Nadu.