PM’s principal adviser, PK Sinha, steps down
The Prime Minister’s principal adviser, PK Sinha, stepped down from his position on Monday. His office confirmed that Sinha had submitted his resignation, but there were no immediate details behind the reason for his exit.
“He has relinquished charge on March 15,’’ said a top official, not wanting to be named.
Another top official said the reason for Sinha’s exit is his health. “He’s having some issues and it was considered that it was better to be away from such a high-pressure job that he is in now. Mr Sinha has been an exemplary officer who is a top performer.”
Sinha’s exit is the latest in a series of changes at the top level PMO. In April last year, Tarun Bajaj moved out to join North block as economic affairs secretary. He was later also given charge of the revenue ministry. Another senior officer, AK Sharma, who had been with the Prime Minister since 2001 in Gujarat, moved to the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises before voluntary retirement in January. Two officials who retired, Bhaskar Khulbe and Amarjeet Sinha, have now been appointed advisers to the Prime Minister.
“We can perhaps expect some major changes and fresh blood in the PMO,’’ said another official on the condition of anonymity.
Sinha is a former 1977 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. In the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government, he served as the cabinet secretary, taking over from Ajit Seth. Before that, he was secretary in the ministry of power and shipping. When he retired in 2019, a special post was created for him at the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) as Officer on Special Duty.
After Nripendra Misra moved out of the PMO, Sinha was appointed the principal adviser. According to a September 2019 order, Sinha oversaw policy issues and matters relating to all ministries, departments, agencies and bodies.
There is no official comment from the government on Sinha’s exit so far.