Saturday, May 30, 2015

Power Moment for PK Sinha: 10 things to know about new cabinet secretary

UNION power secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha had his power moment on Friday when prime minister Narendra Modi handpicked this 1977 batch IAS as new cabinet secretary, the top bureaucracy job in India. As Sinha will soon move into the earmarked bungalow of cabinet secretary (32, Prithviraj Road), he will have BJP veteran LK Advani and top corporate honchos like Dalmia, Nanda, Goenka, Punj and Jindal as his neighbours. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Sinha.
1. New cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is a 1977 batch IAS of UP cadre. He will first join as OSD in cabinet secretariat and then take charge as cabinet secretariat on June 13, 2015.
2. Sinha would have retired on July 31, 2015. Now, he will get a fixed two-year tenure. And if luck favours, his tenure may go up to four years. Two of his predecessors, KM Chandrasekhar and Ajit K Seth, got four years as the cabinet secretariat.
3. He is a post graduate in economics, MPhil in social sciences and a certificate holder of the French language.
4. He began his IAS career as an assistant collector in Allahabad in 1979. Since July 2013, he has been union power secretary.
5. He was a collector in Agra (1991-92) and Commissioner in Varanasi (1994-95), now PM Modi’s constituency.
6. In the late 1990s, he was first director and then joint secretary in Union ministry of sports and youth affairs.
7. He was vice chairman of Meerut Development Authority (1992-94) and Additional CEO of Greater Noida Development Authority (2003-4).
8. During most of the UPA time, he was in the petroleum ministry. Between 2004 and 2012, Sinha was in petroleum ministry, first as joint secretary, then additional secretary and then special secretary.
9. Prior to joining in power ministry, he served as union shipping secretary between February 2012 and June 2013.
10. Like predecessor Ajit K Seth, newly appointed cabinet secretary too is an alumnus of Delhi’s St. Stephen's college. The only difference is that Seth graduated in chemistry, Sinha in economics.


  1. 1977 batch P K Sinha selection has astonished been selected as cabinet Secretary. As bureaucrat he has not been remembered in Uttar Pradesh. While he was Commissioner Varanasi he was failed to maintain Law and order. He was failed to maintain cordial relations with the local politicians and then Chief Minister due to that his tenure was restricted. He shifted to Delhi and maintained his profile. His second tenure since 2004 in Delhi is successful till now. He has worked finance to petroleum ministry. He is not a swift decision maker. Complexity is in his work culture. Excellent as team leader.Now he has to change in his attitudinal style of working. He is admired due to his soft and responsive behaviour.

  2. Excellent bureaucrat,best selection among peers,wide area of exp and expertise,shipping,power,petroleum,fa in petroleum for many years,widely regarded,much exp at state as well as federal level and last fellow Bihari though much not known

  3. Mr Sinha is a wonderful officer n never influenced by politician ,honest n hard working officer that's why picked up by Modi ji .all the best

    1. Cabinet secretary selection process doesn't depend on their honesty and hard work,but they are selected on the basis of maximum age of civil servants in selection year.he might be the dumbest candidate but if his age is maximum then only he will selected.

  4. Excellent officer. Would request him to regulate Printing of MRP which has no base at present. It is the fancy of traders request