Dr. R. S. Tolia is former Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand State of India, M.Sc. (Mathematics), M.A. and PhD. in History. He completed a PG Course in Rural Social Development from University of Reading, United Kingdom (Colombo Plan). Presently is heading Centre for Public Policy Doon University as NTPC Chair Professor and devotes most of his time to Mountain Development agenda.
During his 35 years of service in Uttar Pradesh, Government of India and Uttarakhand he has held posts related to rural, industrial and mountain development. He was closely involved with Operation Flood, consolidating Amul pattern in co-operative dairying and he was founder of Rural Development Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh. As the Hill Development Secretary he was closely involved in development of 8 mountain districts, before bifurcation of the state in 2000.
As Director of the UP Academy of Administration (1995-2000) he was instrumental in formulation of National Training Policy and qualitative improvement in the training sector; as Director of the State Institute of Rural Development, Bakshi Ka Talab, he supervised and activated the rural development training infrastructure. He also headed Uttarakhand Information Commission as its Chief Information Commissioner (2005 –2010), where he has been highly successful activating the Commission in a pro – citizen centric way.