Dr. P.V. Ramesh (also known as P. Venkata Ramesh Babu) (Telugu:డా.పెనుమాక వెంకట రమేష్;1959– ) is an IAS officer from the 1985 batch recruited from Andhra Pradesh. During his career, spanning over 25 years, he worked with the state government of Andhra Pradesh, the central government of India and the United Nations Organization. While working with the United Nations Organization he was responsible for project design, supervision, monitoring, evaluation, fund administration of rural development and poverty alleviation projects funded by IFAD, UNDP, UNODC, UNFPA, in several countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and US. During his stint with UNO, he worked in very high profile positions such as Country Programme Manager IFAD in Sri Lanka, Coordinator and Acting Director of UNOPS Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa based at Nairobi, Kenya, and Country Representative for UNFPA in Kabul, Afghanistan to mention a few.
Sub Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Adilabad District (1987–1989). The article "Land to the Tiller and Tiller to the Land – Implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reforms in Andhra Pradesh" published out of the study conducted during his stay at Utnoor.
CEO, Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Hyderabad, (2005–2006).
Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Ministry of Medical, Health and Family Welfare (2006–2007).
Principal secretary of Youth Affairs and Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh (August 2011 – present)
On 1 August 2011 Ramesh was transferred to Youth Affairs and Culture Department. Deccan Chronicle paper noted that this was an insignificant assignment for Dr. P.V. Ramesh given his valuable knowledge, vision and experience as a reformer of health sector in Andhra Pradesh and abroad.
Ramesh went on leave for several months after being transferred out of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, he finally got a posting that suits his stature and experience in the Finance Department in January 2012 reports Deccan Chronicle.
22 June 2010 : He was instrumental in bringing a funding of £40 million from the Department for International Development of the UK for Andhra Pradesh State Health Reform Programme which was launched in 2007. It brought about a significant improvement in the health sector, and hence is being considered for replication in other states.
23 September 2010 : He called for the focus to be back on primary and secondary health care in Andhra Pradesh so that the scheme Aarogyasri which is benefiting corporate hospitals can be set right.
15 November 2010 : He recommended setting up a commission to study suicide trends in Andhra Pradesh. The idea of a suicide help line is also being considered.
17 November 2010 : In his keynote address at Healthcon-2010, he urged industry to participate and partner for universally accessible health care in Andhra Pradesh.
27 November 2010 : Improvement in hospital baby deliveries noted in the state of Andhra Pradesh due to massive increase in health workers. More women opt to deliver at hospitals than at home.
2 December 2010 : He tried to assure and appease agitating staff of Health Management Research Institute (HMRI). HMRI staff demanded the AP state government to take over 104 services as it is being funded hundred percent by the state government after the satyam debacle.
3 December 2010 : He commented on the expansion of Hyderabad city hospitals to other parts of India saying that public health institutions are unable to meet the demand and hence, private hospitals have huge opportunities.