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PMO: What does the unique designation for P k Sinha signal?

NaMo administration has been a Zigsaw puzzle for all and sundry including senior bureaucrats working with him and one such recent example being appointment of P K Sinha as Senior Principal Adviser to the PM. The designation that is something unheard of and people are still guessing. However, the appointment of Dr P K Mishra as Principal Secretary to the PM replacing Nripendra Mishra was on expected lines.

 

It may be underlined that Sinha is probably the first Union Cabinet Secretary to have been moved to the PMO. But deciding a designation for him could not have been as easy as his role and responsibility in the PMO.

 

Top sources say that designation of additional PS to the PM could not be very apt for Sinha who had held the highest office of the Cabinet Secretary and probably this being the reason that the PM decided for an unconventional but a professional sounding designation for Sinha i.e. Senior Principal Adviser to the PM.


A few more reasons could be attributed to this. First, drafting Sinha in the advisory role would not restrict him in a rigid framework but provide him a wide canvas to give his advice to the PM on policy, its implementation and coordination with different ministries. Secondly, it would rule out any possibility of No 01 and No 02 wrangling in the PMO. Both the PK would draw a parallel for themselves. P K Mishra would continue to rule the turf i.e. ACC which makes top appointments at the Centre whereas P K Sinha would play key role exhibiting conflict resolution skill with a human touch.

 

Senior bureaucrats observed that now the PMO would be more cohesive and synergetic as both of them share good rapport with each other and Khulbe has carved a niche for himself under the guidance of PK Mishra. Nripendra Mishra had often been termed a too tough task master but P K Sinha possesses softer attributes. Further, having coordinated almost all ambitious and flagship schemes of the PM and even having handled complicated scheme like GST & demonetisation gives him advantage.

 

Further, the PM during the farewell hosted on Monday termed Nripendra as a ‘Precious Treasure’ of competence, skill, experience and wished him all the best for embarking on a new phase of his life. But those attended the function say that the PM had well indicated some key role and assignment ahead for him.

 

What still remains a mystery is that none could reach to a conclusion whether the race for Additional PS to PM is over?

12 Sep 2019
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PMO: Appointments of PKs with a little twist

As usual the NaMo administration on Wednesday made announcements of appointment of Dr P K Mishra and P K Sinha as Principal Secretary to PM and Principal Adviser to PM respectively but with a little twist.


Contrary to the ongoing speculations former Additional PS to PM Dr P K Mishra was drafted as successor to Nripendra Mishra whereas former Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was appointed as Senior Adviser to PM and not as successor to Dr P K Mishra as Additional PS to PM. Keen observors say that the appointment orders are defined curiously and hence race is on. 


Both the appointments were made coterminous with the term of Prime Minister w.e.f 11.09.2019.

11 Sep 2019
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PMO: What does the unique designation for P k Sinha signal?

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2019

NaMo administration has been a Zigsaw puzzle for all and sundry including senior bureaucrats working with him and one such recent example being appointment of P K Sinha as Senior Principal Adviser to the PM. The designation that is something unheard of and people are still guessing. However, the appointment of Dr P K Mishra as Principal Secretary to the PM replacing Nripendra Mishra was on expected lines.

 

It may be underlined that Sinha is probably the first Union Cabinet Secretary to have been moved to the PMO. But deciding a designation for him could not have been as easy as his role and responsibility in the PMO.

 

Top sources say that designation of additional PS to the PM could not be very apt for Sinha who had held the highest office of the Cabinet Secretary and probably this being the reason that the PM decided for an unconventional but a professional sounding designation for Sinha i.e. Senior Principal Adviser to the PM.


A few more reasons could be attributed to this. First, drafting Sinha in the advisory role would not restrict him in a rigid framework but provide him a wide canvas to give his advice to the PM on policy, its implementation and coordination with different ministries. Secondly, it would rule out any possibility of No 01 and No 02 wrangling in the PMO. Both the PK would draw a parallel for themselves. P K Mishra would continue to rule the turf i.e. ACC which makes top appointments at the Centre whereas P K Sinha would play key role exhibiting conflict resolution skill with a human touch.

 

Senior bureaucrats observed that now the PMO would be more cohesive and synergetic as both of them share good rapport with each other and Khulbe has carved a niche for himself under the guidance of PK Mishra. Nripendra Mishra had often been termed a too tough task master but P K Sinha possesses softer attributes. Further, having coordinated almost all ambitious and flagship schemes of the PM and even having handled complicated scheme like GST & demonetisation gives him advantage.

 

Further, the PM during the farewell hosted on Monday termed Nripendra as a ‘Precious Treasure’ of competence, skill, experience and wished him all the best for embarking on a new phase of his life. But those attended the function say that the PM had well indicated some key role and assignment ahead for him.

 

What still remains a mystery is that none could reach to a conclusion whether the race for Additional PS to PM is over?

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PMO: Appointments of PKs with a little twist

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2019

As usual the NaMo administration on Wednesday made announcements of appointment of Dr P K Mishra and P K Sinha as Principal Secretary to PM and Principal Adviser to PM respectively but with a little twist.


Contrary to the ongoing speculations former Additional PS to PM Dr P K Mishra was drafted as successor to Nripendra Mishra whereas former Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was appointed as Senior Adviser to PM and not as successor to Dr P K Mishra as Additional PS to PM. Keen observors say that the appointment orders are defined curiously and hence race is on. 


Both the appointments were made coterminous with the term of Prime Minister w.e.f 11.09.2019.

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Thy name is NaMo: Two Mishras to continue in PM's core team, Cabinet rank comes as reward

By IndianMandarins 11 Jun 2019

The NaMo administration on Tuesday appointed Nripendra Mishra (Retd IAS:1967:UP) as his Principal Secretary and Dr P K Misra (Retd IAS:1972:GJ) as Additional Private Secretary w.e.f. May 31, 2019. Their tenure will be co-terminus with the term of Prime Minister. Both were also accorded Cabinet Minister rank.

 

Reward for confidantes and punishment for detractors; this what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been known for. This is something worth underlining especially in the backdrop of continuation of Ajit Doval as NSA with Cabinet rank and one of the most important portfolio (MEA) with Cabinet rank to his all-time favorite S Jaishankar.     

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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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