Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appointed his most trusted bureaucratic aide P.Ok. Mishra as his Principal Secretary rather than Nripendra Misra, who not too long ago stepped down from the highest job on the Prime Minister’s Workplace.
Dr. Mishra has been elevated from Further Principal Secretary to Principal Secretary with impact from September 11.
In one other prime appointment within the PMO, former Cupboard Secretary P.Ok. Sinha, who was appointed as Official on Particular Responsibility (OSD) within the PMO, has now been appointed as Principal Advisor to the PM from September 11.
Each positions might be co terminus with the time period of PM or till additional order, whichever is earlier, as per the order issued by the Division of Personnel and Coaching (DoPT).
Dr. Mishra is an previous aide of Mr. Modi as their affiliation dates again to October 2001 when the latter took over as Gujarat Chief Minister and he was appointed as his Principal Secretary within the Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO).
When Mr. Modi took over as PM in 2014, Dr. Mishra was introduced in as Further Principal Secretary and was taking care of the essential Appointments Committee of the Cupboard (ACC), which makes prime appointments on the Centre.
As Principal Advisor, Mr. Sinha will almost definitely take care of policy-related issues within the PMO. He was appointed Cupboard Secretary in 2015 for 2 years however continued until August 2019 after a number of extensions.