On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government reappointed top two bureaucrats in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Nripendra Misra is appointed as Principal Secretary and P.K. Mishra is appointed as Additional Principal Secretary. Both will resume in their positions in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which sees no significant administrative reform at the top-most administrative level.
Headed by PM Modi, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) issued their reappointments in their posts but assigned them the status of Cabinet Minister.
Earlier, Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Adviser, was also reappointed and given Cabinet rank.
Before these reappointments, there was a prediction that PM Modi might bring in a new face in the top post in the PMO. But PM Modi has put to rest all speculations regarding any reshuffle in the PMO with the reappointment of all the three top bureaucratic positions in the PMO.
Until further orders, their appointment is co-terminus with that of the Prime Minister, as per the notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Following the BJP’s landslide victory in the general election, both were appointed in the PMO in 2014 when PM Modi took over.
In the PMO, additional Principal Secretary, P.K. Mishra looks after the crucial task of appointments in the administration, while as Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra looks after the policy related matters and coordinates with various departments and ministries.
Earlier, Mr. Nripendra Misra has served as Secretary in the government. He was subsequently made Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and was also with the RSS-linked Vivekananda Foundation, before his appointment in the PMO. Dr. P.K. Mishra served as Chairman of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission and then retired as Union Agriculture Secretary in 2008.
Moreover, when PM Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, Dr. P.K. Mishra had served as Principal Secretary to him. Further, from 2001 to 2004, before PM Modi proceeded on Central deputation, Dr. P.K. Mishra was also his Principal Secretary.
In a bid to give continuity in the administration, the Prime Minister granted an extension of three months each to Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra after winning the election. The two-year tenure of the Defence Secretary was to end on May 31 but was given extension till August.
Similarly, Mr. P.K. Sinha was appointed Cabinet Secretary in 2015 for two years, but he has been given extension by the government. And then again his tenure got extended for three months, making him the largest serving top bureaucrat in the country.