Dr. P.K. Mishra Current Affairs - 2020

Panel set up by PMO to mitigate COVID-19 and restore normalcy after 21 Days Lock Down

On March 29, 2020 the Prime Minister Office constituted a high-level panel to restore normalcy after 21 days of normalcy. The high-level committee is to suggest measures to improve health-care, reduce miseries and put the economy back on track.

Highlights

The committee is to work under the chairmanship of P K Mishra, principal secretary of the Prime Minister. The committee will have separate task forces. Each group is to have 6 members. In all 20 secretaries and 40 other officials have been employed.

Economic Affairs

The “Economy and Welfare” panel will work under the Economic Affairs Secretary. The panel has been tasked to bring out solutions to the issues caused in formal and informal sectors that are hit hard due to COVID-19. It will also suggest special welfare schemes targeting the poor that has suffered a lot due to the virus

Health

Another working group has been constituted under the leadership of Niti Aayog member V K Paul. The team is to suggest measures to keep the supply of medical equipment, medicines continuous and also ensure hospital availability. It will also work towards increasing the number o trained medical professionals.

They will also focus on research and development.

Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra appointed Principal Secretary to PM Modi

Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr. P.K. Mishra as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with effect from 11 September 2019. He was currently functioning as Additional Principal Secretary to PM Modi. His appointment as Principal Secretary will be co-terminus with the term of Prime Minister or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

About Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra

He has a Ph.D in Economics/Development Studies from University of Sussex, M.A. in Development Economics at University of Sussex as also M.A. in Economics at Delhi School of Economics (DSE) and B.A. Hons. (Economics) from G.M. College (Sambalpur University) in 1970.

He served as Additional Principal Secretary to PM Modi during 2014-19.  He is credited with introducing innovation and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions.

As Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation, he was involved in national initiatives like National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY).  He has also served as Chairman of State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) and in area of Disaster management.

His has been involved in research and academic work for more than 4 years at Institute of Development Studies (UK), negotiation and execution of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank projects, member of Governing Board of International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and participation as expert/resource person in several international conferences.

He was also recently conferred with United Nations SASAKAWA Award 2019, the most prestigious international award in disaster management.

His publications include

  • Agricultural Risk, Insurance and Income: A Study of Impact and Design of India’s Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme, Avebury, Aldershot, UK (1996)
  • The Kutch Earthquake 2001: Recollection Lessons and Insights, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, India (2004)
  • Edited Development and Operation of Agricultural Insurance Schemes in Asia, Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo, Japan (1999)