Mr. Kuldip Narayan was conferred with the Satyendra K. Memorial Award for his efforts to promote probity and transparency in public service and exemplary dedication in maintaining the highest professional integrity in upholding human values. Mr. Narayan is a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (2000) from IIT Kanpur. In 2005, he joined Indian Administrative Services in Bihar state cadre.
While serving as the District Magistrate of Gopalganj in 2010, he started a movement against bribe that led to the arrest and imprisonment of several senior officers. The subsequent year he became the District Magistrate of Chhapra where he voluntarily declared all his movable/immovable assets and liabilities thus motivating the Government of Bihar to make it mandatory for all officers and employees to file a return of their assets and liabilities.
As District Magistrate of Munger, he launched a comprehensive scheme to improve delivery mechanism in MNREGA, and health department and public distribution system by innovatively using technologies including GPS and integrated MIS. His initiatives were later adopted by the rural development and food and civil supplies departments for implementation across the state.
As Patna Municipal Commissioner (PMC) (April 2013- Jan 2015), he made all internal and external correspondences available on its website for public viewing and scrutiny, through a simple system of edak, thus bringing huge transparency. Tax data and transactions were made online using simple tools of IT and networking. These initiatives reduced opportunities for discretion and corruption. Such efforts of probity and transparency brought laurels to him but also got him criticism and hindrances from vested interests. In a Public Interests Litigation (PIL) monitored by Patna High Court on illegal construction violating master plan and building bye-laws, Mr. Narayan went against the tide with determination to enforce laws in letter and spirit. He brought sense and discipline in the concerned sectors by strict enforcement of building bye-laws. During this time, there was a ban on his transfer from Patna Municipal Corporation by order of Patna High Court as also affirmed by the Supreme Court. While it brought appreciation to him from the general public, it fetched enormous opposition, obstruction and threats from vested interests. In order to deal with Mafiosi nexus, he had to face adverse situation but he surpassed the same with fortitude and courage. Due to his honesty and integrity during the conduct of Legislative assembly elections 2015, he was posted as the District Magistrate of Madhubani at the direction of the Election Commission.