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 Mr. Vishwanath Anand served in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 1965 to January 2002, holding positions of Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ministries of Agro and Small Scale Industries and Additional Chief Secretary UP in charge of Hill Development.

After retirement from the IAS, he served as Vice Chairman, National Environment Appellate Authority, Chairman Central Advisory Committee for UP and Uttarakhand for allocation of State cadres and Chairman National Biodiversity Authority. As a Commonwealth Secretariat Consultant to the Government of Barbados, he prepared a plan for development of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises sector in Barbados.

Besides interest in various environmental issues relating to sustainable development and ecological conservation, he is keenly interested in issues relating to rural drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management in rural areas.