The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Wednesday approved two key appointments - PK Mishra as Principal Secretary and PK Sinha as Principal Adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mishra, a veteran bureaucrat from Gujarat cadre, was working as Additional Principal Secretary to PM from May 2014 while Sinha was functioning as OSD in the Prime Minister's Office after retiring as Cabinet Secretary recently.
The post of principal secretary to the PM fell vacant after Nripendra Misra expressed his desire to leave the post and continued till Thursday.
Pramod Kumar Mishra (PK Mishra) had already been given Cabinet Rank in June and was handling senior level posting and transfers. He was Agriculture and Cooperation Secretary and belongs to the 1972 Batch IAS from Gujarat cadre. He hails from Odisha.
Recently, he was conferred with the United Nations SASAKAWA Award 2019, the most prestigious international award in disaster management. Mishra has a Ph.D in Economics/Development Studies from the University of Sussex, M.A. in Development Economics at the University of Sussex as also M.A. in Economics with a first class at the Delhi School of Economics.
Pradeep Kumar Sinha (PK Sinha) is a 1977 batch IAS from Uttar Pradesh cadre. He was Power Secretary and Shipping Secretary before becoming Cabinet Secretary in May 2015.