Zafar Saifullah

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Zafar Saifullah was the only Muslim to be appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India from 1993 to 1994.[1] He belonged to the Karnataka cadre of Indian Administrative Service officers.[2][3] Prior to his role as Cabinet Secretary, he held a variety of positions including that of Member Secretary of the Minorities Commission of India,[3] Advisor to the Governor of Haryana,[4] Secretary of Rural Development, Government of Karnataka,[5] among others.[6]

In 2008, Saifullah edited and published a book, Sulaimanis – Lives Less Ordinary. The book was released by the Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari.[7]

He serves on the board of CCL Products, a coffee exporting company in Andhra Pradesh. We do not know of his pre-retirement involvement with the company.


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  2. ^ "Smaller states: Does size matter?". Rediff. October 2, 1998. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Mahmood, Tahir (2001). Minorities Commission : minor role in major affairs. New Delhi: Pharos Media & Pub. pp. 56, 82. ISBN 978-81-7221-018-2. OCLC 48508180. 
  4. ^ Data India. New Delhi: Press Trust of India. p. 35. ISSN 0377-6832. OCLC 1797778. 
  5. ^ "Karnataka". India Today (Delhi: Living Media) 6. 1981. ISSN 1544-6689. OCLC 40894687. 
  6. ^ "Saifullah, Zafar: Brief Biography". Reuters. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Vice President Releases a Book 'Sulaimanis -Lives Less Ordinary'". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2010.