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P K Mishra appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister

P K Mishra
P K Mishra
Pramod Kumar Mishra has been appointed as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assumed charge of his new position today.
 
He has succeeded Nripendra Misra, who had served in the position since May 2014, when Modi took office as Prime Minister for the first time.
 
He had been re-appointed to the position in May 2019 when Modi began his second five-year term as Prime Minister but had expressed a wish to step down on August 30. The Prime Minister had requested him to continue in office for two weeks.
 
An official press release said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also appointed former Cabinet Secretary as Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister. Sinha had been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Prime Minister's Office on August 30 after the end of his tenure as Cabinet Secretary.
 
The release said the two appointments would be co-terminous with the term of the Prime Minister or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mishra, a retired IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, had served as Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister in Modi's first term and had been re-appointed to the position in May 2019.
 
He has varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure financing, and regulatory issues and has an outstanding career profile comprising research, publications, policy formulation and programme/project management. He has vast experience in policy making and administration and has handled major assignments such as Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation,  Government of India; Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission and in the area of Disaster management. 
 
As Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation, he was actively involved in path-breaking national initiatives such as the National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).  
 
As Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister during 2014-19, Mishra is credited with  introducing innovation and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions.
 
His international experience includes research and academic work for over four years at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), negotiation and execution of ADB and World Bank projects, member of the Governing Board of the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and participation as expert/resource person in several international conferences.
 
Recently, he was conferred with the United Nations Sasakawa Award 2019, the most prestigious international award in disaster management. 
 
Mishra has a Ph.D in Economics/Development Studies from the University of Sussex, M.A. in Development Economics at the University of Sussex as also M.A. in Economics with a first class at the Delhi School of Economics and  B.A. Hons. (Economics) with a first class and distinction in other subjects from G.M. College (Sambalpur University) in 1970. 
 
 
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