THE Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will soon have two new faces — Ms Aishvarya Singh and Vijay Kumar Mantri — both of whom have currently been working in two different Northeastern states, Sikkim and Meghalaya. Ms Aishvarya Singh, a 2008 batch Sikkim cadre IAS officer and Vijay Kumar Mantri, a 2007 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS, were on Friday appointed as under secretary and deputy secretary respectively in the PMO. The IAS officers are usually brought in to Delhi on deputation at least at the rank of deputy secretaries, and not as under secretaries. According to PMO website, there are currently…seven under secretaries each handling affairs such as administration, personnel, fund, public, RTI, political and parliamentary affairs. PMO also has one principal secretary, one additional principal secretary, one secretary, eight joint secretaries, two private secretaries to PM, three directors and five deputy secretaries.
Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS Mantri has been appointed as deputy secretary in the PMO. Mantri, 37, is a Telugu speaking officer originally hailing from Andhra Pradesh. He did mechanical engineering from IIT-Madras before getting into IAS. He is a deputy commissioner ranked officer serving in Meghalaya. According to DoPT records, Mantri has completed short training modules on financial market regulation at Mumbai-based Indian Institute of Capital Markets and inner engineering leadership qualities at Coimbatore-based Isha (Foundation) Yoga Centre.
Meanwhile, newly-appointed under secretary Ms Aishvarya Singh hails from Uttar Pradesh and was allotted the Sikkim cadre. 38-year-old Ms Singh did her masters from Lucknow University before getting into IAS. The order issued by the personal ministry on Friday also asked the government of Sikkim, the officer's home cadre, to relieve her immediately so that she can join the PMO immediately. She knows English, Hindi and Nepalese, according to DoPT data.