Top bureaucrat in PMO Amarjeet Sinha quits

IAS officer Amarjeet Sinha. File photo.   | Photo Credit: SREENIVASA MURTHY V

Amarjeet Sinha, advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), has resigned from his post seven months ahead of his two-year tenure.

A retired IAS officer of 1983 batch from Bihar, Mr. Sinha, who superannuated as secretary from the Government of India, was appointed in the PMO in February 2020. He was tasked with handling social sector-related subjects.

He superannuated as rural development secretary in 2019.

Top sources confirmed his resignation without citing any reason.

“He resigned from the post and July 31 was the last day,” a senior official said.

No official reason

There was, however, no official reason for his abrupt resignation from the coveted job for any retired civil servant.

Mr. Sinha becomes the third top official from the PMO to go before the completion of the tenure after the 2019 parliamentary poll.

Earlier, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra stepped down after the 2019 general election. After his resignation, P.K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary, was elevated in his place.

Subsequently, n March this year, Principal Advisor P.K. Sinha, former Cabinet Secretary, resigned from the PMO. He was appointed in the PMO first as an Officer on Special Duty briefly and then as Principal Advisor, a specially created position for him, in September 2019 in the second term of Mr. Modi after the 2019 election.

Earlier, he was Secretary, Ministry of Power, before he was elevated as the Cabinet Secretary for four years with three extension from 2015.

Mr. P.K. Sinha, a retired 1977-batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, served in various capacities during the UPA and the NDA regimes.

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