Former Union agriculture secretary P K Mishra is learnt to have been appointed as the Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A 1972 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, Mishra retired as agriculture secretary (2006-08) during UPA-I regime when the government came out with innovative schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and National Food Security Mission that sought to incentivise state government’s investment in agriculture sector. The schemes, since then, have emerged as successful schemes to encourage state government investment in focus sectors.
He was Modi’s Principal Secretary before he left Gujarat on a Central deputation in 2004. Modi, in an interview broadcast during the election campaign, had praised Mishra for his silent working style.
After his retirement from the service in 2008, the Modi-led Gujarat government appointed him as chairman of Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission.
Earlier, Mishra had demonstrated his administrative capacity by serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) that was created after the Kutch earthquake on January 26, 2001.