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Nripendra Misra, P.K. Mishra granted extensions, promoted to Cabinet rank

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A week after was given an extension in service with an upgraded level of Cabinet rank, and Additional P.K. were on Tuesday accorded an upgrade in their level to the rank along with extension in their service co-terminus with the tenure of

Both the retired (IAS) officials have been given extension as and to respectively with effect from May 31.

The of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of the two with their appointment "co-terminus with the term of the or untill further orders, whichever is earlier".

During the term of their office, the two officials will be assigned the rank of "in the Table of Precedence", said a order.

On June 3, the ACC had also accorded an upgrade in the level of (NSA) Ajit Doval, who oversaw at least two cross-border military actions during the last five years, to the Cabinet rank along with an extension of five years, co-terminus with the tenure of Prime Minister.

Nripendra Misra,74, has a long and distinguished career as a top bureaucrat. From to telecom secretary, he went onto become the regulator stewarding TRAI. An ordinance was used to bring him into office in 2014 when came to power first time.

A 1967 batch cadre officer, Misra has an MPA in public administration from of Government at and postgraduate degrees in chemistry and political science and public administration from The Principal Secretary also wields substantial influence on policy-making. Misra who has been credited for being an efficient, pro-business has served as the under Dayanidhi Maran and is credited with the policy to his name.

However, Pramod Kumar is also another extremely powerful bureaucrate as his post was specially created by Modi. He is known as most trusted bureaucrat close to Modi. has also been given the charge as of the ambitious He served as between 2001 and 2004 during his tenure as of

It was during this period that Mishra, a native of Odisha, played a pivotal role in the metamorphosis of Modi from an RSS pracharak to the of He is known for assisting the then while the latter made his way into the complex world of the bureaucracy and public administration.

Mishra was later handpicked by Modi and appointed as of the for a five-year term just after a day of his retirement in 2008.

In his four-decade-long career as an administrator, Mishra has held various key positions at the Centre and in the

As Secretary in the between December 1, 2006 and August 31, 2008 under Sharad Pawar, he was credited with the implementation of the National Agriculture Development Programme and the

It was during his tenure in the that the production of reached record levels and there was a substantial increase in the agricultural GDP. He later served as Member Secretary in the and Secretary of the



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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 00:22 IST