Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Secretary J.C. Lynn passed away at the age of 84 years old at 9:30 pm on April 15 at St. Philomena's Hospital.
Lynn had been in the ICU for the past 10 days battling a COPD exacerbation from which he has been suffering these last few years.
Belonging to the 1960 batch of the IAS, J.C. Lynn served as Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka between 1992 and 1994.
Widely regarded as an officer of impeccable integrity, Lynn played an important role in establishing Bangalore on the IT map of India, first as Industries Secretary in 1983-84 and then as Chief Secretary.
In a career spanning 34 years, he held several important positions at the Centre and the state.
He served as Secretary to three Chief Ministers— Veerendra Patil, D. Devaraj Urs and briefly to R. Gundu Rao—holding the post for 10 years. He also held the post of Secretary in the state''s Home and Industries departments, before being appointed Chairman of Karnataka Road Transport Corporation KSRTC and simultaneously as Chairman of KSTDC.
As KSRTC Chairman between 1981 and 1983, he expanded the transport network by sanctioning the building of bus stations in remote areas as well as the construction of the Subhas Nagar Bus Terminus opposite City Station.
He then was posted to Delhi, where he served in the Departments of Coal and Personnel before being appointed Chairman of the Food Corporation of India in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.
As Establishment Officer in the Union Ministry of Personnel, between 1988 to 1990, his policies on criteria for selection to key bureaucratic posts became the norm for promotions and appointments to top management of PSUs and the selection of personnel on Central deputation.
Mr Lynn was recalled to serve as Karnataka's Chief Secretary by Chief Minister Veerappa Moily in 1992.
After his retirement in December 1994, Lynn was appointed as the first Ombudsman of the RBI in Karnataka, a post he held till 1998.
As the Secretary to CM Devaraj Urs in the 1970s, he was instrumental in setting up the Somanahalli leper project in association with the Archbishop of Bangalore. This was after the lepers had made a fervent representation before the Chief Minister.
J.C. Lynn was a proud Bangalorean, who was the first student from St. Joseph's Boys High School to enter the Civil Services in Independent India in 1960. He had been a brilliant student in school holding an unbroken record of 617 out of 700 in the Senior Cambridge examination of 1952 which remained unchallenged until the school adopted a new examination system.
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