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| Kerala Tourism Gets Its New Director |
P Bala Kiran, IAS, has joined as the new Director of Kerala Tourism. Prior to this he has served as the Director
of Kerala State IT Mission, District Collector Kannur and Director of Panchayat Department.
A 2008 batch Indian Administrative Service officer hailing
from Hyderabad, Kiran started his civil service career as Assistant Collector
of Kozhikode and then took over as Sub-Collector of Thiruvalla and Kasaragod.
He is an alumnus of IIT Madras and an M.Tech holder in Computer Science and
Kiran is a recipient of National Award for Best Electoral
Practices of Election Commission of India for the ‘Innovative Measures’
implemented in Kannur during the Assembly Elections in 2016 and National Award
for his ‘Barrier-Free Kannur’ project from Pranab
Mukherjee, President of India, for his contributions towards ensuring a
barrier-free environment in the district and thereby making it accessible to
the differently-abled sections of the society.