PMO gets new prin­ci­pal secy & prin­ci­pal ad­viser

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New Delhi: The new PMO hier­ar­chy was for­malised on Wed­nes­day with P K Mishra, ad­di­tional prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to PM, ap­pointed prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary in place of Nripen­dra Misra, who re­cently resigned. Along with Mishra, for­mer cab­i­net sec­re­tary P K Sinha was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal ad­viser to PM.

The changes were ex­pected since Misra’s res­ig­na­tion was made avail­able and it was stated that he will con­tinue for two weeks pend­ing for­mal­i­sa­tion of arrangemen­ts. Misra’s res­ig­na­tion had come as a sur­prise as he had been re­cently re-ap­pointed along with an el­e­va­tion to min­is­ter of state rank.

Sinha’s des­ig­na­tion is at vari­ance to ex­pec­ta­tions that he will re­place P K Mishra as ad­di­tional prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary. Mishra has been over­see­ing se­nior ap­point­ments and is ex­pected to con­tinue to do so. Sinha could look af­ter some of the pol­icy briefs given his fa­mil­iar­ity with Modi govern­ment’s ini­tia­tives as cab­i­net sec­re­tary.

P K Mishra has worked with PM Modi when the he was CM of Gu­jarat. He has var­ied work ex­pe­ri­ence re­lat­ing to agri­cul­ture, dis­as­ter man­age­ment, power sec­tor, in­fra­struc­ture fi­nanc­ing and reg­u­la­tory is­sues. “He has an out­stand­ing ca­reer pro­file com­pris­ing re­search, pub­li­ca­tions, pol­icy for­mu­la­tions and project man­age­ment,” said a back­grounder.

P K Mishra has been agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary was ac­tively in­volved in ini­tia­tives like na­tional agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and the na­tional food se­cu­rity mis­sion.

He has worked with In­sti­tute of De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies, UK, ne­go­ti­a­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of ADB and World Bank projects and the In­ter­na­tional Crop Re­search In­sti­tute for Semi-Arid Trop­ics. In the pre­vi­ous Modi govern­ment, he paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to dis­as­ter re­sponse and pre­pared­ness. He is a PhD in eco­nomic-de­vel­op­ment stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Sus­sex. He also has an MA from the Delhi School of Eco­nomics.

P K Sinha and P K Mishra

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