Pramod Kumar Mishra was appointed principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. He replaces Nripendra Misra who served as Principal Secretary to Modi until August 30.
PK Mishra was the additional principal secretary in the first Modi government and continued in that post after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s return to power. In June, he was given the rank of a cabinet minister.
Here are five things you need to know about him:
1. PK Mishra is a 1972 batch Gujarat cadre officer from Odisha who is known to be a ‘man of few words’. While economy and agriculture are said to be his forte, with degrees from Delhi School of Economics and a doctorate from Sussex University, disaster management has become an expertise he has developed in his career.
2. After his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service, Mishra was appointed the chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) by the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
3. United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on May 17, 2019 conferred him with the prestigious Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction.
4. Mishra continued to build on his disaster management work and wrote a book in 2004 called ‘The Kutch Earthquake 2001:Recollection Lessons and Insights’.
5. Around the same time and just before 2004 elections, Mishra sought to be transferred on deputation from the CM’s office. His first posting was as additional secretary in ministry of home affairs.