In an unexpected move to keep a tab on the newly elected Uttar Pradesh government, the central government has decided that Yogi Adityanath and his team will be under the supervision of Prime Minster’s Office directly. The centre has appointed Nripendra Misra, who is PM Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary and and an IAS officer, as the key person to monitor all the administrative happenings in country’s most populous state. In a report published by India Today website, Misra met Adityanath for about 45 minutes on Sunday to discuss the further operational procedure between the state government and the PMO. It is also being said that UP government will have regular meetings with the PMO on the development agenda and Misra will the bridge between PM Modi and UP government.
All future appointments in the top administration in the state will be approved by Misra after a detailed background verification. As per reports, the UP CM and Misra have already discussed implementation of government schemes and the two are said to have working towards building strategies on how to propagate the benefits of the schemes directed at serving the poor.
Being in direct touch with the PMO, Adityanath government will get guidance from Misra in day-to-day affairs of the state administration. Both Adityanath and Misra are said to have discussed about the possibilities of new schemes for Uttar Pradesh. Under the supervision of PM Modi, a stiff change is expected in the outlook of UP bureaucracy over next few days. Adityanath and Misra are also said to be discussing over the names of potential top bureaucrats in UP.
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Misra is a UP-based Indian civil servant who is serving as the Principal Secretary to PM Modi, from 27 May 2014. Prior to this, he has also served as Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and is a 1967 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from UP cadre. A very few people now remember that Misra, two and half decades ago, was a highly influential aide of the then UP chief minister Kalyan Singh. Two of PM Modi’s cabinet ministers, Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra, were incidentally Kalyan Singh’s deputies then, and had closely interacted with Misra.