Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, effective September 11. He will replace Nripendra Misra, the Prime Minister’s long-serving aide who resigned last month after a five-year stint as the top bureaucrat in the central government.

An Odisha born, Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service officer belonging to the 1972 batch, Mr Mishra, who was previously Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, has also held posts like Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation and Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

According to a government press statement, he has managed programmes across a number of different sectors, including agriculture, disaster management, infrastructure and power, and regulatory issues, and has been involved in schemes like the National Agriculture Development Programme and the National Food Security Mission.

Along with his appointment, the government also confirmed that PK Sinha, functioning as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office, has been appointed as Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister, also effective September 11.

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