New Delhi, Feb 26: Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian died on Monday. He was 79. The Indian Administrative Association confirmed Subramanian’s demise on micro-blogging site Twitter. “Extremely shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of T S R Subramanian,” the IAS Association tweeted today.

“He was the tallest amongst all and is a big loss for the IAS fraternity and the nation. Deepest Condolences to all family members. We hope and pray that your ideas and thoughts will continue to guide us,” the association added.

His cremation will reportedly take place at the Lodhi Road crematorium at 5.30 PM today. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

Expressing grief over Subramanian’s death Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter and wrote,”Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanyam is no more. Saddened by the news. He was affable, full of ideas and energetic. In many a debate on TV channels, shared thoughts with him. Condolences to his family and his fraternity.”

Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani also mourned his death. “Shocked to hear about the sad demise of TSR Subramanian ji. Had the good fortune of receiving his guidance on many a policy matters. My condolences to his loved ones. Om Shanti” Irani tweeted.

Subramanian had headed an expert committee that submitted a new National Education Policy to the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry in 2016. Subramanian was a 1961 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He was also posted as Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles.