V. T. Krishnamachari

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Rao Bahadur
Sir Vangal Thiruvenkatachari Krishnamachari
KCSI KCIE
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Vice-President of the Planning Commission of India
Prime Minister of Jaipur
In office
1946–1949
Diwan of Baroda
In office
1927–1944
Monarch Sayajirao Gaekwad III
Personal details
Born 8 February 1881
Vangal, Trichy District, British India
Died 14 February 1964(1964-02-14) (aged 83)
Madras, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Rangammal
Children Vedammal Gopala Iyengar,
V. K. Thiruvenkatachari,
V. K. Rangaswami,
Jayammal Srinivasan,
V. K. Ramaswami (1928–1969)
Alma mater Presidency College, Madras
Occupation lawyer, civil servant, Madras Law College
Religion Hindu

Rao Bahadur Sir Vangal Thiruvenkatachari Krishnamachari KCSI, KCIE (8 February 1881 – 14 February 1964) was an Indian civil servant and administrator. He served as the Diwan of Baroda from 1927 to 1944, Prime Minister of Jaipur from 1946 to 1949 and as a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1961 to 1964 .

Early life[edit]

Krishnamachari was born in a Vaishnavite Brahmin family in the village of Vangal in the then Karur District on 8 February 1881. He was the fourth and youngest son of Vangal Thiruvenkatachari (1837–1934) a rich and powerful landlord.

Krishnamachari had his early education in Vangal and graduated from the Presidency College, Madras and Madras Law College. On completion of his education, Krishnamachari qualified for the Indian civil service.

Indian Civil Service[edit]

Krishnamachari served the Additional Secretary of the Madras Board of Revenue from 1913 to 1919 and was the trustee to the Vizianagaram estate from 1919 to 1922.

Diwan of Baroda[edit]

Krishnamachari was appointed Diwan of Baroda in 1927 and he served from 1927 to 1944. Krishnamachari has been one of the longest serving Diwans of Baroda. While serving as Diwan, Krishnamachari also served in the Committee of Ministers, Chamber of Indian Princes from 1941 to 1944. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly and later in 1947 was appointed as the Vice President of the Constituent Assembly, the President being the Voceroy of India. He was therefore the second in command of the Indian Government under the Crown, and was virtually the Deputy Viceroy of the Country until the complete transfer of power was effected.

While serving as Diwan of Baroda, Krishnamachari launched a massive rural reconstruction programme in the princely state.[1]

Prime Minister of Jaipur[edit]

Krishnamachari served as Prime Minister of Jaipur State from 1946 to 1949. he served in the Indian Finances Enquiry Committee from 1948 to 1949 and in Indian Fiscal Commission in 1949.

He was a delegate to all the three Round Table Conferences and was a delegate to the assembly of League of Nations during the years 1934 to 1936. He was knighted in the year 1933.

He was staunch in his support for the major Indian Princely states to join the Indian Union.

Family[edit]

Krishnamchari married in Rangammal on 26 April 1895. The couple had 3 sons and 2 daughters.

  • Vedammal Gopala Iyengar
  • V. K. Thiruvenkatachari (1904–1984)
  • V. K. Rangaswami (1908–1997)
  • Jayammal Srinivasan (1912–1994)
  • V. K. Ramaswami (1928–1969)

Honours[edit]

Krishnamachari was made a Knight Bachelor in 1933. In 1926, he was appointed as Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) and in 1936, a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE). In 1946, he was furthermore made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI).

Works[edit]

  • V. T. Krishnamachari (1949). Speeches of V. T. Krishnamachari, Diwan, Jaipur State. Information Bureau. 
  • V. T. Krishnamachari (1952). Report on Indian and State Administrative Services and Problems of District Administration. Government of India. 
  • V. T. Krishnamachari (1958). Community Development in India. Government of India. 
  • V. T. Krishnamachari (1959). Planned Development and Efficient Administration. Government of India. 
  • V. T. Krishnamachari (1961). Planning in India. Orient Longman. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Vijay Kumar (2011). Integrated Rural Development Program and Its Impact on the Socio-Economic Condition of the Rural Poor of Sitamarhi District. Xilbris Corporation. p. 27. ISBN 145684699X, ISBN 978-1-4568-4699-2. 

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