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Hardik Shah is new private secretary to PM Modi


Gujarat’s Hardik Shah is new private secretary to PM Modi

Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Hardik Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary to PM Narendra Modi. 

An order of the Personnel Ministry informed about the new appointment on Thursday.

Shah, a 2010-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, is currently serving as a Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), chaired by the Prime Minister, approved Shah’s appointment “with effect from the date of assumption of the charge, on co-terminus basis, or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” the order issued by the Ministry of Personnel on Thursday said.

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His appointment as Private Secretary to the PM Modi is on co-terminus basis, the order states.

Shah’s first assignment at the Centre was as private secretary to environment minister Anil Madhav Dave in 2017.

Shah has also served as the Private Secretary to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Whom does he replace

Hardik Shah takes over from Rajeev Topno.

Topno, a 1996 batch IAS officer, was appointed senior advisor to the World Bank Executive Director in June.

He will join the World Bank office in Washington after August 15.

Topno, also a Gujarat cadre officer, was with the Prime Minister’s Office for 11 years.

He also served as deputy secretary in 2009 in the PMO during Manmohan Singh’s second term.

PM Modi continued with him, appointing him as part of his staff.

He continued in the environment minister’s personal office after Prakash Javadekar came in before finally moving to the PMO in 2019.

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