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Nripendra Mishra | Biography & Background

Nripendra Mishra, PM Narendra Modi’s primary secretary, has a unique way of working with politicians over the ideological range and the individuals who have worked with him swear by his perfect organization aptitudes. Explore the success story of this IAS officer in this article.

Birth & Education:

  • Born on 8 march 1945
  • Graduation from Allahabad University
  • Master’s from Harvard University

Mishra in his over four-decade-long career held important positions not just at the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government but has also had stints with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He had also served as principal secretary to Kalyan Singh when he was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister and is known for his impeccable credentials.


  • Special Secretary, Finance, Government of Uttar Pradesh (1978-80)
  • Director (World Bank-IMF Division) in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (1981-84)
  • Joint Secretary, Fund Bank Division (1984-85)
  • Minister (Economic) in the Indian Embassy, Washington D.C ( August, 1985 to July, 1988) 
  • Secretary in the Department of Institutional Finance, Taxation and Excise, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh (1988-89)
  • Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Govt. of Uttar Pradesh (January, 1990 to October, 1992 ) 
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GNIDA (October, 1992 to January, 1994) 
  • Member, Board of Revenue, and Govt. of Uttar Pradesh (January, 1994 to July, 1995) 
  • Principal Secretary, Home-II, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh( 1995-96)

November, 1996 to January, 2002, he served in the Ministry of Commerce. From January, 2002 to January, 2004, he served as Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Fertilizers. Mishra retired as telecom secretary and was subsequently appointed chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in 2006 in what turned out to be the most crucial phase of his bureaucratic career, he has deposed as a prosecution witness in the special CBI court hearing the case into the 2G scam. Mishra has two daughters and a son. One of his sons-in-law is an IAS officer and the other a lawyer in the Supreme Court. Son Saket became an IPS officer but did not join.

Narendra Mishra has served in several key posts in central government ministries during his tenure. His selection as secretary of PM is a move in the right direction.


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