Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, will be the next Union Cabinet Secretary, succeeding Ajit Seth in the top job. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Friday cleared the appointment of Sinha, who is currently serving as the Union Power Secretary.
Sinha will assume charge with effect from June 13 and will have a tenure of two years from that date or “until further orders, whichever is earlier”, the government said on Friday.
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The ACC also approved the appointment of Sinha as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD). Sinha has been serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of Power since July 2013.
He has earlier served as a Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping and has held several other important positions in the Union Government and in Uttar Pradesh. Seth, a 1974-batch IAS officer from the UP cadre, was appointed as Cabinet Secretary during the UPA government’s regime in June 2011, with a two-year fixed tenure.
While the UPA government had extended his tenure by a year, the current BJP-led NDA government gave Seth a six-month extension in June and followed it with another extension in December last year.
The Cabinet Secretariat is under the direct charge of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary is the administrative head of the secretariat.