GN Bureau | May 29, 2015
Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre IAS officer Pradeep Kumar Sinha’s name has been approved by prime minister Narendra Modi for the appointment as next cabinet secretary. The 1977- batch officer will take charge from June 13, 2015 and will succeed Ajit Seth.
Sinha has been serving as secretary, ministry of power, since July 2013. Earlier, he has been secretary in the ministry of shipping and has held several other important positions in the union government and Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister has also approved that Sinha may be appointed as OSD (officer on special duty) in the cabinet secretariat with effect from the date of assumption of charge, till June 12, 2015.
Sinha, who was serving as power secretary, was the top contender for the most coveted bureaucratic post. Finance secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, a 1978 batch Rajasthan cadre officer, was another contender for the top post.
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