Anoop Nautiyal


Anoop Nautiyal is a Dehradun, Uttarakhand based corporate & social leader with over two and a half decades of global & national leadership experience in the social, for-profit & government sectors. Anoop has a strong community driven orientation. He successfully established and led the free 108- emergency services in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for the government of Uttarakhand. He worked very closely with various government authorities and later served as the Health Advisor to the former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Anoop’s biggest achievements with 108 included creating a hugely successful organization of 800 plus committed individuals working in the same direction. Anoop was the Country Manager for H&M India for 5 years before stepping into the not for profit sector. He worked abroad for 10 years in Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Mauritius & was involved with global supply chain management roles. Anoop is an alumnus of SRCC, Delhi University & NIFT, New Delhi. Anoop is the Chairman of Indian Media Centre, a think tank of media professionals, intellectuals & socially active individuals for the Uttarakhand chapter. He writes regularly on leadership & governance issues.Anoop’s intense inclination to contribute towards the development of his home state of Uttarakhand motivated him to take the political plunge. Anoop contested the recently held Uttarakhand Assembly 2017 elections as an independent candidate. He had also contested the 16th Lok Sabha elections in May 2014 from the Tehri Garhwal (Dehradun) constituency as the Aam Aadmi Party candidate.


Establishing the 108 emergency services must be very challenging. Kindly share with us the experience you had while proposing it.

A very important thing to note is that the provision of health in a mountain oriented state like Uttarakhand is a massive challenge for the government. Respective of the fact that Uttarakhand is also a state struggling with the scarcity of doctors, particularly in the mountain region, 108 has played a reasonably vital role in, at least, providing emergency care. I must confess that it was a successful start owing to the cooperation stemming from all sides. It was, moreover, the powerful amalgamation of the political establishment, the administrative machinery and the 108 services that allowed this task to be carried out so immaculately. However, to get all the sectors to work together for the inception of the culture of selfless service was indeed challenging.

The introduction of 108 emergency services in a state like Uttarakhand was really needed. What, apart from that, do you think is utterly needed or should be changed in the state?

One major change that the state demands is of a sustainable Uttarakhand. It is high time that we start thinking along the line of a sustainable state and also acting towards materializing it. The growth of urbanization with a deteriorating environment is what seems to have afflicted a major domain of our state and if at all there is a cry, it should be that for a sustainable Uttarakhand. Another thing that I would like to add here is that the fact that people’s participation is necessary, hence, the making of policies that allow a deeper engagement of people should be ensured.

How had Dr. R. S. Tolia inspired you? How are you looking forward to moderating the RST forum in the Valley of Words Festival?

Needless is to say that we have to look at him as someone beyond an administrator or bureaucrat. Dr. Tolia was as tall an individual as the mountains of Uttarakhand. He was tall considering his quest for knowledge; tall, in terms of his insatiable urge to do good for the hill community of India. This is clearly the biggest inspiration of the many souls which owe the existence of their happinesses to Dr. Tolia’s sacrifices. I am, therefore, looking forward to the Valley of Words very enthusiastically for I am sure it is going to be an ideal platform to deliberate over the sustainable mountain ideology that Dr. Tolia advocated so fiercely during his lifetime and in all the assignments he undertook.

Considering that you have relinquished your political title, what is that one thing that you miss about it now?

It’s been over a year since I have left the Aam Admi Party but the worthy experience I had within that duration in the political world was indeed heartwarming. I am thankful to the power that politics gave me to reach out to people. The reason why I joined politics in the first place is that I, too, just like many others, was motivated to back the Anna anti-corruption movement. From the perspective that it gave me the power to really work towards materialising the desire of collective welfare, I certainly appreciate my political years.

What is your perspective on the upcoming Art and Literature Festival, 'Valley of Words'?

The festival is offering a wonderful opportunity to the people interested in Art and Literature to come, listen and learn. The fact that anybody with an opinion is most welcome to share his knowledge is what makes Literature festivals happening. Moreover, I belong to Dehradun and to have a platform located within the city for talking about the mountains and the people who have worked towards its well being is going to be an experience of a kind.

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