Anil Swarup

Director General & Additional Secretary Labour & Welfare Government of India

Mr. Anil Swarup is one of India’s celebrated social innovators. His intelligent and honest approach is redefining how impactful work can get done via smart government strategies. The impact he’s had on over 90 million lives testifies to this.
Mr. Anil Swarup is the Director General, Labour Welfare and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India handling issues relating to the welfare of unorganized sector workers and the implementation of National Health Insurance Scheme, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). In just over three years, RSBY, has transformed the lives of over 90 million people in the unorganized sector of India. Stemming from a request to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2007, Mr. Swarup advocated for a health insurance scheme for those who could not afford it and after presenting a paper to the World Bank Mr. Swarup’s idea become the basis for RSBY six months later. It is the first time India’s own technology prowess has been used to run a national social security programme. The implementation of RSBY and it’s cashless and smart card based health insurance scheme has come to be recognized world over and was selected by UNDP/ILO as one of the top social security schemes for publication. Mr. Swarup has been selected by India Today as one of 35 ‘Action Heroes’ in it’s 35th annual edition. He was also nominated by The Economic Times as one of the ‘Policy Changers’ during the year 2010.