5BARz India Pvt. Ltd., a technology startup in boosting last mile cellular network connectivity, announced the appointment of M. R. Sreenivasa Murthy, a retired IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, as a member of their advisory board. Murthy, who retired as the Chairperson of the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission in March 2015, has over 30 years of experience in working with different functions of the government including Public Finance, Public Utilities Management, Rural Development and Decentralised Governance.
Some of Murthy’s notable achievements in government included being the Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary (Finance), Commissioner of the Bangalore City Corporation (BMP), Controller at ISRO Satellite Centre, Department of Space, Bangalore, One of Murthy’s longest tenure was as Principal Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayatiraj when he was in charge of implementing the decentralized system of governance for which Karnataka is reputed. Murthy has been involved in implementing a number of development programmes and citizen friendly measures during his tenure with various government departments.
Commenting on the appointment, Samartha Nagabhushanam, Managing Director & CEO, 5BARz India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are pleased to have Murthy on board, who brings with him three decades of quality experience in working with the government. Murthy’s expertise and deep knowledge related to public finance, utilities management & decentralized governance will be instrumental accelerating the 5BARz India vision and agenda towards providing better mobile connectivity for mobile users in India. We wish him the very best in his new role.”
Speaking about his new role, Sreenivasan Murthy stated, “I am privileged to be a part of 5BARz India Pvt. Ltd., a revolutionary startup that is working towards solving the problem of the last mile cellular connectivity. The way mobile connectivity is assuming significance, I look forward with working with the team & contributing to the organization.”