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New-look PMO: Pramod Kumar Mishra is principal secy to PM Narendra Modi

Pramod Kumar Mishra had been additional principal secretary to the PM since 2014.

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Updated: Sep 13, 2019, 09.06 AM IST
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Mishra was the additional principal secretary to the prime minister and was holding the rank of a Cabinet minister.
NEW DELHI: Pramod Kumar Mishra was appointed principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, succeeding Nripendra Misra. Former cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha was appointed principal adviser to the prime minister, a new post.

Mishra, who had been additional principal secretary to the PM since 2014, was promoted after Misra sought to be relieved of his duties. Mishra served as principal secretary to Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister between 2001 and 2004.

Sinha’s appointment order did not say whether he would be given the status of a cabinet minister like his senior counterparts in the Prime Minister’s Office — PK Mishra and national security adviser Ajit Doval. But a senior official told ET that “such a decision could come in the next few days”. Both Mishra and Sinha will report to the prime minister.

Officials said it was not clear who the new additional principal secretary to the PM will be or if that post will continue, given no replacement for Mishra was announced. The PMO website omitted the designation of additional principal secretary in the updated list of officials on Wednesday. In the list, Sinha was placed third, after PK Mishra and NSA Ajit Doval.

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