Odisha’s P K Mishra takes charge as Principal Secy to PM Modi
New Delhi: Senior IAS officer and Odisha-born bureaucrat Pramod Kumar Mishra was on Wednesday appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while P K Sinha was made his new Principal Advisor, a Ministry of Personnel order said.
Mishra was currently Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister while Sinha was Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of both the officers with effect from September 11 mentioning that their appointments would be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or until further orders, whichever is earlier, said two separate orders issued from the ministry.
Mishra has been given responsibility after Nripendra Misra recently stepped down as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
P K Mishra served as Principal Secretary to Modi between 2001 and 2004 during the latter’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat.
As Secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture between December 1, 2006 and August 31, 2008 under Sharad Pawar, Mishra was credited with the implementation of the National Agriculture Development Programme and the National Food Security Mission.
It was during his tenure in the Ministry of Agriculture that the production of food grains reached record levels and there was a substantial increase in the agricultural GDP.