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V J Kurian


Shri V.J. KURIAN IAS is the Additional Chief Secretary of Govt. of Kerala, currently on deputation as
Managing Director of CIAL, since 2003 in three separate terms. Kurian is an IAS officer of the 1983 cadre.
He started his official career as the Sub Collector of Muvattupuzha. A pioneer & proponent of PPP,
Kurian was appointed as MD of the State Run Pharma company “Oushadhi”, where he demonstrated his
developmental abilities by building a modern production facility with state of the art equipment’s and
Oushadhi became a profit making public sector unit.
He was appointed as the District Collector of Alleppy in 1990 and immediately he started his stint with
people’s participation and he undertook and built a public park with the participation of people within 6
months. He projected development of an airport with people’s (more especially the beneficiaries viz.,
NRIs, business houses etc.) participation through donations and interest free schemes as a golden
jubilee memorial of independence. As visionary idea was accepted very late, KIAS was formed in 1993
and CIAL in 1994. Despite many oppositions, obstacles legal and financial constraints, CIAL India’s first
Public Private Partnership airport and 1st airport in private sector (outside AAI) was dedicated to the
nation on 25th May 1999 exemplifying his never say die attitude and decisive leadership coupled with
determination and hard work. As “CIAL Model” is being chosen in Aviation industry and Kerala
infrastructure ventures, he is all in smiles and is a proud man.
Apart from being a bureaucrat, he has his interest in farming and is an avid farmer. He also has a
humane face to the development wherein he has ensured that maximum benefit has been given to
those affected and his rehabilitation package (recognized by the World Bank) has been adopted in the
projects that came thereafter.