PM’s principal adviser, PK Sinha, steps down

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Prime Minister’s main adviser, PK Sinha, came down from his position on Monday. His office confirmed that Sinha had submitted his resignation, but there was no detail directly behind the reasons for his exit.

PK Sinha, principal adviser in PMO, has resigned. (FIle photo)
PK Sinha, principal adviser in PMO, has resigned. (FIle photo)

“He has released charges on March 15, ” said the top official, did not want to be named.

Other top officials said the reason for Sinha was his health.

“He experienced some problems and was considered better than such high pressure work now. Mr Sinha has become an exemplary officer who is a top player.”

Exit Sinha is the latest in a series of changes in the top level PMO. In April last year, Tarun Bajaj moved to join North Block as Secretary of Economic Affairs. He was then also given accusations of income services. Another senior officer, Ak Sharma, who has been with the Prime Minister since 2001 in Gujarat, moved to the Micro Ministry, small and medium enterprises before retiring voluntary in January. Two retirement officials, Bhaskar Khulbe and Amarjeet Sinha, have now been appointed as advisors to the Prime Minister.

“We might be able to expect some big changes and fresh blood in PMO, ” said other officials in anonymity.

Sinha is a former Batch Indian Service Service (IAS) from Uttar Pradesh cadres. In the first term of the Government of Narendra Modi, he served as Cabinet Secretary, took over from Ajit Seth. Before that, he was a secretary at the Ministry of Power and delivery. When he retired in 2019, a special post was made for him at the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) as an officer about special tasks.

After Nripendra Misra moved from PMO, Sinha was appointed as the main advisor. According to orders September 2019, Sinha’s policy issues oversee and matters relating to all ministries, departments, institutions and corpses.

There are no official comments from the government on Sinha’s way so far.

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