Reshuffle in PMO, Misri made Private Secretary, Jawed Ashraf made JS

      A minor reshuffle was effected in the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday, with senior Indian Foreign Service officer Vikram Misri being made Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and Jawed Ashraf, who was earlier Joint Secretary (Americas Division), being made Joint Secretary (PMO).

For Misri, 1989-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, this is the second time he is serving as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. He was earlier Private Secretary to Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral in 1997, according to sources. Misri succeeds fellow Jaideep Sarkar who has been posted as Ambassador to Israel, sources said. Misri had joined the PMO as Joint Secretary in March after a brief stint in Munich as India's Consul General. Prior to his assignment in Munich, he was India's Deputy High Commissioner in Lanka. He was Director to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, prior to his posting to Colombo in 2008.

Jawed Ashraf, a 1991 batch IFS officer, takes over from Misri as JS (PMO). Another change is the selection of Anu Garg, 1991 batch IAS officer from Orissa cadre, as Joint Secretary to succeed LK Atheeq, who will join the World Bank. Garg is at present Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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