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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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PMO: Has Khulbe’s term been extended?

By IndianMandarins 06 Sep 2019

If some top sources are to be believed, tenure of Bhaskar Chandra Khulbe (IAS:1983:WB) has been extended for a period of four and a half years or co-terminus with Prime Minister’s term. Reportedly, notification may be issued next week.

His extension was supposed to end this month end. He was given extension for a period of six month beginning 01.04.2019. Reportedly, the order to this effected may be notified soon.

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PM to seek investments from 27 sovereign wealth and pension funds

By IndianMandarins 15 Jan 2019

For the first time, as many as 27 global sovereign wealth and pension funds and institutions from Canada, the US, Europe, West Asia, and Southeast Asian nations would participate in a meeting, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to work out how best to provide long-term finance for India's crucial infrastructure and public projects. 


To be held on the inaugural day of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, the roundtable meeting will discuss and focus on investment potentials of some ambitious projects such as smart cities, mass transport and public utility in India.


Chief Secretary of Gujarat J N Singh said such a congregation of global sovereign wealth funds is the first for India. He said the meet is being organized by the Union Ministry of Finance and Government of Gujarat.


The 27 funds include top names such as IFC, Pacific Investment Management Company, Vanguard from the US, Roadis (Spain), Avi Alliance (Germany), Government Pension Investment Fund (Japan) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (China) and Canada's British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System besides others.


Last year, at St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin had interacted with captains of these funds managing trillions of dollars worth of funds.

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PM to meet Oil Company heads today

By IndianMandarins 15 Oct 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the chief executives of top global and Indian oil and gas companies on Monday to take stock of the global energy scenario. The meeting would also deliberate on ways to revive investment in oil and gas exploration and production.

 

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo Saudi Oil Minister Khalid A Al Falih, BP CEO Bob Dudley, Total head Patrick Fouyane, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Vedanta chief Anil Agarwal are expected to attend the meeting today. Also likely in attendance are ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Chairman Sanjiv Singh, GAIL India head B C Tripathi, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) Chairman Mukesh Kumar Suran, Oil India Chairman Utpal Bora and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) Chairman D Rajkumar.

 

 Today’s meeting, coordinated by the NITI Aayog, is likely to focus on challenges posed by volatile oil prices and the US sanctions on Iran that come into effect from November 4. The meeting would look at measures to attract investments and steps for making it easier to do business in India.

 

In Delhi, petrol today costs Rs 82.72/litre and diesel is Rs 75.46/litre. Meanwhile, petrol in Mumbai is retailing at Rs 88.18 per litre and diesel is at Rs 79.11/litre, data on the Indian Oil Corporation website showed.

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IAS officer Gangwar courts controversy

By IndianMandarins 26 May 2016

An IAS officer in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has courted controversy by lavishing praise on the Nehru-Gandhi family and by equating yoga guru Ramdev with Asaram Bapu.


In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Barwani Collector Ajay Singh Gangwar (IAS:2005:MP) questioned those criticising Jawaharlal Nehru and said that the first prime minister had stopped India from becoming a "Hindu Taliban country" in 1947. His comments have attracted the attention of his bosses. S K Mishra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said the matter has reached Chief Secretary Anthony D'Sa. Despite repeated attempts, Gangwar did not return calls. Quoting the Chief Secretary, Mishra said the post will be examined and an explanation sought from the officer if the content was found in violation of Civil Services (Conduct) Rules.

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