Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta is the former Chief Secretary, Government of UP, who belongs to the 1974 IAS batch. He holds an M.Sc. in Physics from Allahabad University and a Masters in Social Sciences in Developmental Administration from University of Birmingham, UK. As Chief Secretary of the Govt. of UP between May 2008 and March 2011, he was instrumental in several legal and procedural innovations that enabled the highest ever growth of 23% for the state's finances in recent years. He currently serves as Chairman, 4th State Finance Commission of UP with the task of creating devolution of state funding of local bodies in UP.