Multifaceted Nripendra Mishra set to be Modi’s principal secy
Former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra would be the next principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The 1967 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer from Uttar Pradesh, who had retired from service in 2009, will replace Pulok Chatterjee, another UP cadre IAS official. The functional role of the PMO is to provide secretarial assistance to the prime minister and acts as the incumbent’s functional arm. Their role is to manage and coordinate government and help his office.
Misra had served as principal secretary to Kalyan Singh during his first stint as the UP chief minister. The veteran bureaucrat is holder of a masters’ degree from John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Public Administration) and another masters’ degree from Allahabad University (Political Science & Public Administration).
Misra in the past has served in multiple important positions. He has taken on many roles: chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI); secretary, Department of Telecommunications & chairman Telecom Commission; secretary, Department of Fertilizers; special secretary/additional secretary, World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ministry of Commerce; minister (Economic), Embassy of India, USA; joint secretary, Department of Economic Affairs; and district level and other senior assignments in the state government of Uttar Pradesh.
As the former telecom secretary, he gave his deposition before the CBI on the delay in granting new licenses to Aircel in 2004-05 that sealed Dayanidhi Maran’s fate in the 2G spectrum scam.
He was also vocal when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in Delhi. He said the AAP should shun its populism, and criticised them for lacking long term vision.