Pramod Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while former Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is the new Principal Advisor, the government said on Wednesday.
Mishra (71), a retired 1972-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, took over his new assignment on Wednesday, an official statement said.
Mishra was the additional principal secretary to the prime minister and was holding the rank of a Cabinet minister. A senior government functionary said he would continue to hold the rank of a Cabinet minister in his new assignment.
He succeeds Nripendra Misra who stepped down recently.
Former Cabinet Secretary Sinha (64), who was last month appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister”s Office, is new principal advisor to the PM with effect from September 11, a government order said.
As Additional Principal Secretary to the prime minister between 2014 and 2019, Pramod Kumar Mishra is credited with introducing innovative and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions, the statement said.
He has a varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure financing and regulatory issues.
He has vast experience in policy making and administration and has handled major assignments such as Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation; Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission, and in the area of disaster management.
Sinha served as the Cabinet Secretary from June 13, 2015 to August 30 2019.
Earlier, he has also worked as Secretary, Power; Secretary, Shipping; and Special Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas in the government of India.
Sinha is a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He graduated in Economics from St Stephen”s college and completed his Post Graduation from Delhi School of Economics.