JOINT SECRETARY PMO

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Two senior PMO officials tipped for World Bank and WTO posting

If some well-placed sources are to be believed after keeping plum posts vacant for many months, the NaMo administration may post Rajeev Topno (IAS:1996:GJ) as Senior Adviser to ED, World Bank and Brajendra Navnit (IAS:1999:TN) as India's Ambassador to Permanent Mission for India in WTO. 

Topno is Private Secretary to Prime Minister whereas Navneet recently repatriated to cadre after having a long stint as Joint Secretary in PMO.

In case the information turns out to be true it would be a big reward for both officers considered hard-working, low-profile and brilliant civil servants who have a proven track record of trust and confidentiality. Indianmandarins had earlier reported that one private person Rahul Bijoria, considered close to BJP, might also be posted as Advisor, World Bank under Rajeev Topno.

Foreign assignments are considered plum posts as they provide wholesome packages in terms of work opportunity, global exposure, competence and tax-free high salary, pension and perks etc.

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Indianmandarins Report dated 22 May 2020

Appointment of eight foreign postings including Geneva, Brussels WDC likely this week

03 Jun 2020
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PMO rejig: Six JS in PMO to look after six verticals from A to P

Joint Secretaries in the PMO have been entrusted with the responsibility to deal with six verticals from A to P. They will report to P K Mishra, Ajit Doval, P K Sinha, Bhaskar Khulbe and Amarjeet Sinha. These changes have been made after Tarun Bajaj and A K Sharma were shifted from PMO in the latest reshuffle.

Dr P K Mishra looks after vertical E that includes personnel, vigilance, law and justice, anti-corruption unit (CBI), Cabinet secretariat, ACC and ACC files and monitoring. Jt Secretary V Sheshadri (IAS:1999:TG) will report to him for these matters and will also report to Khulbe on Home affairs. Doval is taking care of external affairs, defence, NTRO and NSCS.

PMO has six JSs at the moment, two IFS officers and four IAS officers. Verticals that these officers will be dealing with the economy, finance, infrastructure, HR, governance, foreign and security, agriculture, rural, social, administration and monitoring etc.

Gopal Baglay (IFS:1992) has been assigned science and technology, Aadhar, DBT, earth science, IT, communications and digital payments while Rudra Gaurav Shresth (IFS:1999) is looking after external affairs, defence, NTRO, NSCS, Atomic Energy and space.

Arvind Shrivastava (IAS:1994: Karnataka) has been assigned finance, economy, corporate affairs, commerce, heavy industries, MSME, Labour and employment, textiles and steels and will report to P K Sinha. Shrikar Pardeshi (IAS:2001:MH) will look after agriculture, social, welfare, administration and rural, PMO security and public relations. Pardeshi will report to Khulbe for administration and PMO security and to Amarjeet Sinha for remaining matters.

Hiren Joshi, OSD, looking after publicity and public relations will report to Pardeshi. Rohit Yadav (IAS:2002:CG) has been given the responsibility of infrastructure, governance including parliament, parliamentary affairs and RTI, monitoring and coordination and resources.

All these JS have also been assigned different States. As per the hierarchy, director level officials have to report to these JS, who in turn report to the senior officials like Principal Secretary, NSA, Principal Advisor and Advisors.


03 May 2020
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Two senior PMO officials tipped for World Bank and WTO posting

By IndianMandarins 03 Jun 2020

If some well-placed sources are to be believed after keeping plum posts vacant for many months, the NaMo administration may post Rajeev Topno (IAS:1996:GJ) as Senior Adviser to ED, World Bank and Brajendra Navnit (IAS:1999:TN) as India's Ambassador to Permanent Mission for India in WTO. 

Topno is Private Secretary to Prime Minister whereas Navneet recently repatriated to cadre after having a long stint as Joint Secretary in PMO.

In case the information turns out to be true it would be a big reward for both officers considered hard-working, low-profile and brilliant civil servants who have a proven track record of trust and confidentiality. Indianmandarins had earlier reported that one private person Rahul Bijoria, considered close to BJP, might also be posted as Advisor, World Bank under Rajeev Topno.

Foreign assignments are considered plum posts as they provide wholesome packages in terms of work opportunity, global exposure, competence and tax-free high salary, pension and perks etc.

ALSO READ:

Indianmandarins Report dated 22 May 2020

Appointment of eight foreign postings including Geneva, Brussels WDC likely this week

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PMO rejig: Six JS in PMO to look after six verticals from A to P

By IndianMandarins 03 May 2020

Joint Secretaries in the PMO have been entrusted with the responsibility to deal with six verticals from A to P. They will report to P K Mishra, Ajit Doval, P K Sinha, Bhaskar Khulbe and Amarjeet Sinha. These changes have been made after Tarun Bajaj and A K Sharma were shifted from PMO in the latest reshuffle.

Dr P K Mishra looks after vertical E that includes personnel, vigilance, law and justice, anti-corruption unit (CBI), Cabinet secretariat, ACC and ACC files and monitoring. Jt Secretary V Sheshadri (IAS:1999:TG) will report to him for these matters and will also report to Khulbe on Home affairs. Doval is taking care of external affairs, defence, NTRO and NSCS.

PMO has six JSs at the moment, two IFS officers and four IAS officers. Verticals that these officers will be dealing with the economy, finance, infrastructure, HR, governance, foreign and security, agriculture, rural, social, administration and monitoring etc.

Gopal Baglay (IFS:1992) has been assigned science and technology, Aadhar, DBT, earth science, IT, communications and digital payments while Rudra Gaurav Shresth (IFS:1999) is looking after external affairs, defence, NTRO, NSCS, Atomic Energy and space.

Arvind Shrivastava (IAS:1994: Karnataka) has been assigned finance, economy, corporate affairs, commerce, heavy industries, MSME, Labour and employment, textiles and steels and will report to P K Sinha. Shrikar Pardeshi (IAS:2001:MH) will look after agriculture, social, welfare, administration and rural, PMO security and public relations. Pardeshi will report to Khulbe for administration and PMO security and to Amarjeet Sinha for remaining matters.

Hiren Joshi, OSD, looking after publicity and public relations will report to Pardeshi. Rohit Yadav (IAS:2002:CG) has been given the responsibility of infrastructure, governance including parliament, parliamentary affairs and RTI, monitoring and coordination and resources.

All these JS have also been assigned different States. As per the hierarchy, director level officials have to report to these JS, who in turn report to the senior officials like Principal Secretary, NSA, Principal Advisor and Advisors.


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PMO: Shresth appointed as JS, Dr Pardesi gets extension

By IndianMandarins 11 Mar 2020

The NaMO administration on Wednesday announced the empanelment of Rudra Gaurav Shresth (IFS:1999), presently OSD in PMO, to hold Joint Secretary level posts in Govt of India. Simultaneously, he was appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for an overall tenure of three years upto 09.02.2023.

Further, the tenure of Dr Shrikar Keshav Pardeshi (IAS:2001:MH) was extended for a period of three months w.e.f. 10.04.2020. He will continue to work as Joint Secretary in PMO till 09.07.2020.  

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Rohit Yadav, B Purushartha, Kothari and 15 others appointed as Joint Secretary at Centre

By IndianMandarins 24 Feb 2020

The NaMo administration on Monday announced the appointment of 17 officers to the post of Joint Secretary in various ministries and departments:

  1. Navneet Mohan Kothari (lAS:2001:MP) appointed as  Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for an overall tenure of five years upto 18.04.2021. Kothari replaces  Ashutosh Jindal (IAS:1995:TR). 
  2. Rohit Yadav (IAS:2002:CG) appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office on lateral shift basis  for a period ending 31.07.2023.  Presently he is working as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Steel.
  3. Baldeo Purushartha (lAS:2002:PB) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs for a tenure of five years. He replaces K V Pratap (IES:1992). Presently, he is Divisional Commissioner, Jalandhar, Govt of Punjab. 
  4. Ms Neerja Sekhar (lAS:1993:HY) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for a tenure of five years. She replaces Ashok Kumar Parmar (IAS:1992:JK).
  5. N B S Rajput (lAS:1999:OR) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances for a tenure of five years. He replaces  V Shashank Shekhar (lAS:1996:NL).
  6. K V Pratap (IES:1992), Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, laterally shifted to Ministry of Home Affairs for an overall tenure of five years upto 23.11.2022. Pratap replaces Amitabh Kharkwal (IPoS:1989).
  7. Ms. Sushma Taishete (CSS) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, (Mumbai) for an overall tenure of five years upto 05.07.2023 by downgrading a vacant post of AS in the Department. She replaces Mervin Alexander S (lPoS(1987) who prematurely repatriated to parent cadre. Presently, she is working as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice.
  8. Deepak Kapoor (IA&AS:1998) appointed as Additional CEO, GeM SPV, (JS level) under the Department of Commerce for a tenure of five years. He replaces S Suresh Kumar (lAS:2000:AP).
  9. Surendra K Ahirwar (IRTS:1997) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce for an overall tenure of five years upto 08.01.2023. The post has been temporarily upgraded from Director to Joint Secretary level for a period of two years (initially).
  10. Ms Aditi Das Rout (ITS:1986) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure upto her superannuation on 30.11.2023. She replaces S C Barmma (IPoS:1987).
  11. Satish Singh (IRSME:1996) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence, for an overall tenure of five years upto 12.10.2022. He replaces Ashok Kumar Singh (lAS:1999:KL).
  12. Ms Mukta Shekhar (IRAS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution for a tenure of five years vice  Kamal Datta (IFoS:1994:UT)
  13. Atul Saxena (IRSS:1991) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries for an overall tenure of five years upto 30.06.2021 by temporary upgrading the Director level post.
  14. Purushottam Tiwary (IA&AS:1996) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry for a tenure of five years. He replaces Pravin Laxminarayan Agrawal (IFS:1994:TR).
  15. Niraj Kumar Gayagi (IDAS:1997) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Justice for a tenure of five years. He replaces Ms Sushma Taishete (CSS).
  16. Charanpreet Singh Bakshi (IRS C&CE:1992) appointed as Joint Secretary Ministry of Minority Affairs for a tenure of five years vice Jan-e-Alam (lAS:1991:NL).
  17. Sanjay Kumar Jain (IRTS:1990) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises for a tenure of five years vice Madhukar Gupta (lAS:1985:RJ) consequent on completion of his tenure.
  18. Tanweer Qamar Mohammad (IPoS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation for a tenure of five years vice Arun Kumar Yadav (lAS:1987:SK). 

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Major JS elevel bureaucratic rejig effected; posting of 2002 batch IAS begins

By IndianMandarins 26 Oct 2019

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the NaMo administration on Friday cleared the appointments of 29 joint secretaries in different departments. Out of these, 13 officers are from the IAS (including 6 from 2002 batch) while rest from the Indian Forest Service, IRS, IDAS, IA&AS, IP&TA&FS, IIS and CSS. 

  1. Ashutosh Jindal (IAS:1995:TR) appointed as Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat vice Ms Rachna Shah (lAS:1991:KL). Presently, he is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
  2. Satendra Singh (lAS:1995:JH) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines for a tenure of five years vice  Bipul Pathak (lAS:1992:JK).
  3. Ms Kamini Chauhan Ratan (lAS:1997:UP) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education for a tenure of five years vice Ms Ishita Roy (IAS:1991:KL).
  4. Puneet Aggarwal (lAS:1998:TR) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence for a tenure ending 24.10.2021. He replaces V Anandarajan (IRS IT:1988) who will be completing  his tenure on 11.11.2019. Presently Aggarwal is JS, Textiles.
  5. Ms Alaknanda Dayal (IAS:2000:PB) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (vice Ms Nidhi Khare) for a combined tenure of of 7 years outside the cadre.
  6. Ms Manmeet K Nanda (lAS:2000:WB) appointed as  Joint Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade for a tenure of five years vice Rajiv Aggarwal (lAS:1993:UP).
  7. Ms Nandita Gupta (lAS:2001:HP) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Food & Public for an overall tenure of 5 years ending 14.12.2022. She replaces P K Tiwari (IAS:1991:AM).
  8. Saurabh Gaur (lAS:2002:AP) appointed as  Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology for a tenure ending 23.03.2020. Gaur replaces  Sanjay K Rakesh (lAS:1989:TR).
  9. Rohit Yadav (lAS:2002:CG) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel for an overall tenure of 5 years ending 31.07.2023.
  10. Praveen N Gedam (lAS:2002:MH) appointed as Deputy CEO (JS level), National Health Authority, under MoHFW for a tenure ending 27.11.2022.
  11. Saurabh Jain (lAS:2002:KL) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Director level) for a combined tenure of 7 years ending 01.09.2020. He will continue to hold the additional charge of the post of Commissioner, Eklavya Model Residential School Society.
  12. Ms M Imkongla Jamir (lAS:2002:KN) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development for a combined tenure of 7 years ending 08.04.2021 by temporarily downgrading a vacant post of Additional Secretary vice Shri K. Moses Chalai (IAS:1990:MN).
  13. S N Girish (lAS:2002:OR) appointed as Regional Director (JS level), SSC, under the DoPT for an overall tenure of five years ending 08.08.2024 by temporarily upgrading the post.
  14. Ms D Sai Amutha Devi (IP&TA&FS:1995) appointed as Joint Secretary in the Office of Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat for a tenure of five years. She rplaces Ms Arti Bhatnagar, (IDAS:1990).
  15. Ms Praveen Kumari Singh (IRPS:1993) appointed as Additional Secretary (JS level), CVC, for a tenure upto her superannuation on 30.04.2024. She replaces Ms Sonali Singh (ICAS:1987).
  16. Ms Neeta Prasad (IIS:1991) appointed Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education for a tenure of five years vice N Saravana Kumar (lAS:200-:BH).
  17. Rajesh Sharma (IDAS:1992) appointed as Joint Secretary & Additional Financial Adviser Ministry of Defence for a tenure of five years. Sharma replaces Ms Dharitri Panda (ICAS:1987).
  18. Satya S Lolla (IRS C&CE:1991) appointed as Joint Secretary, NATGRID (MHA) for a tenure of five years vice Ashish Gupta (IPS:1989:UP).
  19. Alok Pande (IPoS:1994) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management for a tenure of five. He replaces Ravi Aggarwal (IRS IT:1988).
  20. Upendra C Joshi (IRTS:1989) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines for a tenure of five years vice Niranjan K Singh (IFoS:1987:GJ).
  21. Ms Manisha Sensharma (IES:1995) appointed as Joint Secretary (A&F), DMEO, NITI Aayog for a tenure of five years.
  22. Praveen M Khanooja (IA&AS:1994) appointed as DG, Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cel under the Ministry of Petroleum & NG for a tenure of five years. He replaces  or until Ms Atreyee Das (IA&AS:1989).
  23. Ms Mamta Upadhyaya Lal (IOFS:1989) appointed as Additional DG (JS level), BIS under the Department of Consumer Affairs for a tenure upto her superannuation on 30.09.2023. She replaces C B Singh (IES:1986).
  24. Rajeev K Tiwari (IFoS:1993:JK) appointed as Principal Commissioner, DDA, Housing & Ministry of Urban Affairs Affairs for a tenure of five years. He replaces Shripal (IFoS:1986:KL) repatring to cadre state on 15.11.2019.
  25. Ms Anuradha Vemuri (IFoS:1991:UP) appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship for a tenure of five years vice Ms Jyotsna Sitlling (IFoS:1987:UD).
  26. Ashish Rawat (IFoS:1988:JH) appointed as CEO, Development & Welfare Board for Denotified Nomadic & Semi-nomadic Communities, under the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment for a tenure upto his superannuation on 31.12.2023.
  27. S K Ratho (IFoS:1987:OR), Joint Secretary, NCST, appointed as ED/DDG, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation for an overall tenure of five years upto 19.03.2022. He replaces  or C V Dharma Rao (CSS).
  28. K Touthang (CSS) appointed as Joint Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for a tenure of five years vice S K Ratho (IFoS:1987).
  29. Ms Jaya Dubey (CSS) appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances for a period of 5 yrs.

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JS, PMO: Navnit continued

By IndianMandarins 26 Jun 2019

The NaMo administration on Wednesday extended the tenure of Brajendra Navnit (IAS:1999:TN), Joint Secretary in PMO, till further orders. His tenure was scheduled to be over on July 02, 2019.  

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Team PMO in NaMo administration 2.0: Continuity Vs Disruption

By IndianMandarins 29 May 2019

While addressing the Parliament the outgoing Prime Minister and Prime Minister­ designate Narendra Modi suggested the newly elected MPs and his partymen to abstain from speculations over portfolio allocation. But despite efforts to abstain; speculations keep circulating, in several formats by several means, about the prospects of who’s who.


Hours ahead of PM’s oath various speculations are gathering moment as who will continue and occupy top positions in crucial quarters and who all will be inducted in a fresh re-hashed ‘Team PMO’. When PM designate has mammoth task ahead of making India a 5 trillion dollor economy with investments of over 100 lakh crores for infrastructure development and over 25 lakh crores investment for rural sector it becomes imperative to explore the bandwidth capability of new ‘Team PMO’.  

 

Principal Secretary to PM: It is being considered as an open secret that Nripendra Mishra (Retd IAS:1967:UP), Principal Secretary to PM Modi, may be rewarded with gubernatorial assignments immediately after PM Modi’s oath on May 30. In all likelihood the PMO may be rehashed barring few officers allowed to continue with PMO. But replacement of Nripendra Mishra would be decided by Dr P K Mishra’s (Retd IAS:1972:GJ) next role in PMO. Power corridors are abuzz that Dr P K Mishra’s health issue constrains him from accepting further responsibilities. In case, Dr PK doesn’t chose to take rest his elevation as PM may elevate him as Principal Secretary to PM with the same role i.e. personnel matters.

 

Additional PS to PM:

You start talking to any senior civil servant, serving at Centre, about Dr P K Misra and you will get the same note; it would be too difficult for PM to find an alternative to Dr P K as he enjoyed unparalleled trust and comfort with PM Modi. Though, Mishra’s ageing too does rounds in crucial quarters. In case, Dr P K doesn’t chose to take rest PM may not look for his replacement though few names are often mentioned as his heir apparent namely;  K Kailashnathan (Retd IAS:1979:GJ), Ratan P Watal (Retd IAS:1978:AP). It is also said that initially Dr P K may be continued in his position but Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) may become his replacement post his retirement next year.

 

National Security Adviser: Post CBI faction-feud it appeared for a while that something had fallen out of sync. But increasingly assertive (counter terrorism) operations in J&K and affirmative action in Balakot (post Pulwama) dettered the apprehensions. Now it is widely believed that PM Modi may not look for alternatives to his trusted lieutenants; Amit Shah, Ajit Doval (Retd IPS:1968:KL) & Dr P K Mishra. It is widely believed that PM may chose to continue Doval in NSA role.

 

Private Secretary to PM:

Having played flawless role as Secretary to PM Rajiv Topno (IAS:1996:GJ) too is being seen as the one whom PM may like to continue him in his  proven role. Further, A K Sharma (IAS:1988:GJ), Additional Secretary, PMO, too may be retained in next team PMO.

 

Secretary, PMO:

Though Bhaskar Khulbe (IAS:1983:WB), the incumbent Secretary, PMO is scheduled to complete his extended tenure next month (30 June) it is believed that his term may be extended for another six months. In case, he does not get extension then it may open avenues for several takers.

 

Cabinet Secretary:

Though; the outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982:JH)  has occupied the imagination of whos who is power corridors as the heir-apparent of P K Sinha (IAS:1977:UP) completing his extended tenure as Cabinet Secretary in June second week one may not rule out the possibility of another extension to Sinha. In fact the present rule, technically, does not stop the possibility. In case of extension to Sinha appointment of next Cabinet Secretary may become a tricky question drawing a line between 1982 and 1983 batch.

 

Home Secretary:

Amid loud speculations over Rajiv Gauba’s prospects as next Cabinet Secretary; DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek (IAS:1982:BH), Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH), Urban Development Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra (IAS:1984:UP) and Banking Secretary Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) are being seen as prospective claimants. In case; P K Sinha is given another extension Gauba would continue as Home Secretary until his two years fixed tenure ending August this year.

 

Defence Secretary: The outgoing Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra (IAS:1982:WB) is set to retire this month end; the very next day after PM’s oath. It is believed that the top authorities may have identified Mitra’s successor. Power corridors are abuzz that Environment & Forests Secretary C K Mishra (IAS:1983:BH), Secretary Defence Production Ajay Kumar (IAS:1984:KL), Food & PD Secretary Ravi Kant (IAS:1984:BH) and Rajiv Kumar (IAS:1984:JH) would be among the officers in the reckoning. 

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Dr Somanathan tipped for a comeback?

By IndianMandarins 12 Oct 2018

If some reliable sources are to be believed Dr TV Somanathan (IAS:1987:TN), formerly Additional Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office, whose knowledge is vital, is likely to be brought back to handle all economic ministries in PMO in the run up to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.


Dr Somanathan was, on 15 March 2015, appointed Joint Secretary in PMO vice B V R Subramanyan for a period ending 05 August 2017. Having been completed the cooling-off period speculation about Dr Somanathan’s comeback to PMO has further gained momentum.

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