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Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to PM, submits resignation, P.K. Sinha appointed OSD in PMO

Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India Nripendra Misra. Photo: ANIPremium
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India Nripendra Misra. Photo: ANI

  • The resignation comes at a time when India’s GDP growth decelerated to a more than five year low at 5% in the June quarter of 2019-20 against 5.8% in the March quarter
  • Pradeep Kumar Sinha who superannuated on Friday has been appointed as the officer on special duty (OSD) in the PMO

New Delhi: Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has expressed his intention to be relieved, said a senior government official aware of the development.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested Nripendra Misra to continue for two weeks," said the official.

"Shri Nripendra Misra is among the most outstanding officers, who has a great grasp of public policy and administration. When I was new to Delhi in 2014, he taught me a lot and his guidance remains extremely valuable," PM Modi said in a tweet.

Former cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a 1977 batch Uttar Pradesh-cadre IAS officer, who superannuated on Friday has been appointed the officer on special duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office. Misra was former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman and served as a regulator from 2006 to 2009.

The resignation of Misra, a 1967 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre comes at a time when India’s GDP growth slowed down to more than a five-year low of 5% in the June quarter of 2019-20 against 5.8% in the March quarter. This is way below analysts’ expectation of economic growth at 5.7% in the June quarter.

"It has been a privilege to serve the country under Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji. I am deeply grateful to him for this opportunity and the complete confidence he has placed in me," Nripendra Misra said in a statement.

The NDA government had changed a law by executive fiat to clear the appointment of Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The section 5 (8) of the Trai Act of 1997 that barred any member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) from holding a subsequent government position was amended.

“I have enjoyed working committing my every hour and thought for more than five years, towards this satisfying journey. It is now time for me to move on, even as I remain devoted to public causes and national interest," Misra added in the statement.

This also comes at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government has scrapped Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, with tension spilling over in the valley.

Rajiv Gauba, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1982 Jharkhand batch, took over as India's cabinet secretary on Friday after the superannuation of Pradeep Kumar Sinha.

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