Odia bureaucrat Pramod Kumar Mishra assumed the office of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Mr. Mishra, a 1972 batch IAS of Gujarat Cadre, hails from Sambalpur in Odisha. He was the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM before this promotion.

Dr. Mishra, at the top bureaucratic post, replaced Nripendra Mishra who had quit on August 31. The 71- year old bureaucrat has varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure, financing, and regulatory issues.

He has served the Central government and the Gujurat government in various capacities. Besides the Additional Secretary to the PM, He was the Union Agriculture Secretary, Special Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs, additional secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development.

As Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation, he was actively involved in path-breaking national initiatives such as the National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).

His international experience includes research and academic work for over four years at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), negotiation and execution of ADB and World Bank projects, member of the Governing Board of the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and participation as expert/resource person in several international conferences.

Recently, he was conferred with the United Nations SASAKAWA Award 2019, the most prestigious international award in disaster management.

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