Bhubaneswar, September 11 (LocalWire): Senior bureaucrat and alumni of Gangadhar Meher College, Sambalpur Pramod Kumar Mishra has been appointed the principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 1972-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer who was serving as the additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister took over the assignment on Wednesday, a statement from the union government stated.
He takes over from Nripendra Misra who had recently decided to step down from the position.
The appointment of Mishra, a recipient of the United Nations Sasakawa Award 2019, was hailed by the state bureaucratic circles.
Mishra who donned the mantle of various departments has varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure financing, and regulatory issues and has an
He excelled in career profile comprising research, publications, policy formulation and programme and project management.
He has vast experience in policymaking and administration and has handled major assignments as the Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India; Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission and in the area of disaster management.
As Agriculture and Cooperation secretary, he was actively involved in national initiatives such as the National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
As Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister during 2014-19, Mishra is credited with introducing innovation and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions.
His international experience includes research and academic work for over four years at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), negotiation and execution of ADB and World Bank projects, member of the Governing Board of the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and participation as expert and resource person in several international conferences.
Mishra holds a PhD in Economics/Development Studies from the University of Sussex and has a master’s degree in Development Economics from the same university.
He also holds a master degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.