Shri Balvinder Kumar IAS (UP: 1981) is the Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India. Before joining it, he was holding the charge of Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority under Ministry of Urban Development. Born in 1957, Shri Balvinder Kumar holds M.Sc. and M.Phil degrees in Botany. He has served the Central and Uttar Pradesh Governments in various capacities. Shri Kumar was earlier posted as Additional Secretary in Department of Agriculture & Cooperation and Development Commissioner (Handlooms) in Ministry of Textiles. He was Director in the Department of Fertilizers from May 1999 to March 2001 and then Joint Secretary till July 2004 in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. He has also worked as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority, Vice-chairman Lucknow Development Authority, Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation and District Magistrate in Moradabad and Rampur districts. He has worked as Principal Secretary in departments of social welfare, women and child development, trade & taxes, revenue, science & technology and non-conventional energy sources etc. in Uttar Pradesh.