C.R. Krishnaswamy Rao (2 February 1927 – 12 February 2013[1]) was a distinguished administrator and civil servant. He also served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Charan Singh and then becoming the Cabinet Secretary (1981-1985) [3] when Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India. He was awarded the second highest civilian honor of India, Padma Vibhushan in 2006, besides the Great Maratha Award in 2009. His grandfather was R. Ramachandra Rao, Collector of Nellore, who helped Srinivasa Ramanujan during latter's formative years.


He was also a great visionary. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam credits him of propelling the idea of Integrated Guided Missile Programme of India during the 1980s, when there was tremendous criticism from the Armed forces that, not a single missile had been successfully developed so far.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Special Correspondent (1927-02-02). "NATIONAL / ANDHRA PRADESH : C.R. Krishnaswamy Rao Sahib passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
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  3. ^ "Cabinet Secretaries". Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "APJ Abdul Kalam credits Indira Gandhi for Agni-V missile success story". The Times of India. April 26, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Address to the Civil Service Officers 7th Civil Service Day". Abdul Kalam. Apr 21, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.