Updated October 15, 2022
Pramod Kumar Mishra, popular as PK Mishra, is a re-employed Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1972 batch from Gujarat cadre. Dr. P.K. Mishra is an experienced bureaucrat, who has worked at various key positions.
Sh. Mishra has served from Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) to Principal Secretary to the CMO in the Gujarat Government, and as the Special Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs to Additional Principal Secretary to the PMO in the Union Government.
A retired 1972 batch IAS officer, Dr. Mishra, is currently working as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India. He is one of the top bureaucrats in Modi’s Government. Dr. PK Mishra is credited for the innovative and transformative changes he brought during his tenure as the Additional Principal Secretary to the PMO.
Personal Details of Dr. P. K. Misra
- Full Name- Pramod Kumar Mishra
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Date of Birth: 11th August 1948
- Age: 73 Years old
- Education: B.A Economics, M.A. and Ph.D. in Development Economics
- Profession: Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi.
Education and Experience of PK Mishra
Pramod Kumar Mishra, often abbreviated as PK Mishra, was born on August 11, 1948. He is from Odisha and belongs to a Brahmin family. Dr. Mishra is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics. He did his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics. Moreover, he holds the degree of M.A. and Ph.D. in Development Economics from Sussex University.
Dr. Mishra has international experience that 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.
Career of Pramod Kumar Mishra
Known for his impeccable credentials, Pramod Kumar Mishra is currently serving as the Principle Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, replaced Nripendra Mishra. Dr. Mishra is one of the top bureaucrats in the Modi’s Government. He is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1972 batch from the Odisha cadre.
Interestingly, he is a man of few words. Even, his colleagues say about him that he keeps himself so low that it is quite difficult to figure out who he really likes in his team. While economy and agriculture are said to be his forte, disaster management has become an expertise he has developed in his career. PK Mishra has served on various important positions for both State (Gujarat) and Central government. His designations are as:
(a) Dr. Mishra has been Assistant Collector of Tharad and Palanpur
(b) He has been District Development officer at Kutch
(c) District Magistrate and Collector of Mehsana and Banaskantha Districts
(d) Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Gujarat in Rural Development, Agriculture and Revenue, among others
(e) Member (finance) at Gujarat Electricity Board (1994-1998)- Mishra as a Member of Gujarat Electricity Board had done commendable work such as mobilization of resources, monitoring of power supply to high-voltage industrial consumers, tariff matters, negotiations of several power purchase agreements and restructuring of the power sector including the state electricity board.
(f) Managing Director of Gujarat State Electricity Corporation
(g) Chief Executive of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority
(h) Principal Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperation Department to the Chief Minister of Gujarat
(i) Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat– During his stints as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mishra showed his excellence in the area of disaster management. In 2001, when Gujarat was hit with a devastating earthquake, Mishra raised himself by setting up the Disaster Management System.
(j) Member Secretary of National Capital Region Planning Board in the Union Government
(k) Agriculture Secretary of India from December 1, 2006 to August 31, 2008.
(l) Special Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs
(m) Additional Secretary in Ministry of Urban Development
During his stint as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, he learned and showed varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power-sector, and several other issues.
After his retirement as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, he was appointed as the Chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), in 2008 by the Chief Minister of Gujarat. His five years stint as the Chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission came to an end on 11 August 2013, when he attained the age of 65.
Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already worked with Dr. Mishra before bringing in as the Additional Principal Secretary to the PMO. In 2001, when PM Modi took over as Gujarat’s Chief Minister, PK Mishra was appointed as the Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
In 2014, when Mr. Modi took over as Prime Minister of India, Dr. Mishra was brought in as Additional Principal Secretary and looked after the crucial Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which makes top appointments at the Centre. As Additional Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister of India (2014-2019), he brought applaudable changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions.
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India
On 11 June 2019, PK Mishra was re-appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr. Mishra has garnered lots of experience in his long career of holding the key positions for both State (Gujarat) and Central government such as Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperation; Chairman of State Electricity Regulatory Commission, and in the area of disaster management.
He showed his experience whenever required. During his tenure as Additional Principal Secretary, he has been considered as one of the best bureaucrats in Modi’s government. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved his appointment and the re-appointment of Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra from 31 May 2019. These appointments were designated to be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister. When Nripendra Mishra stepped down from the Principal Secretary, Dr. Mishra was chosen for this prestigious position.
Dr. Mishra Literary Work
- The Kutch Earthquake 2001: Recollection Lessons and Insights, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, India (2004).
- Agricultural Risk, Insurance and Income: A Study of the Impact and Design of India’s Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme, Avebury, Aldershot, UK (1996).
- Edited Development and Operation of Agricultural Insurance Schemes in Asia, Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo, Japan (1999).
- He has also contributed articles and reviews to many international journals.
Awards to the PK Mishra
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) on 17 May 2019 conferred the SASAKAWA Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction.