Shri Bal belonged to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of 1979 batch. He has worked in various capacities in the infrastructure, financial, regulatory and development sectors in senior positions in two State Governments of Tripura and Odisha, and in the Government of India. In addition, he has worked at United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) in India for more than nine years implementing various development programs and technology-based solutions in different States. Prior to joining IAS in 1979, he had worked in the Banking sector for over 4 years. He was involved with Central Government and State Government (Tripura and Odisha) PSUs as Director on the Board of Directors including as Chairman-cum-Managing Director (additional charge) in a Central PSU. In his last assignment, he worked as a founding Member of the Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA).