Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got IFS Vivek Kumar as his new Private Secretary (PS). The Cabinet Appointments Committee accepted Vivek Kumar’s nomination as PM Modi’s press secretary. Vivek Kumar is the director of the Prime Minister’s Office and is a 2004 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer (PMO).
The Cabinet Appointments Committee has approved the application for Vivek Kumar, IFS (2004) to be appointed as PS to PM at Joint Secretary level in the Prime Minister’s Office, with salary at Pay Matrix level 14.
Vivek Kumar will take over as PM Modi’s private secretary from Sanjeev Kumar Singla. India’s Ambassador to Israel, Sanjeev Kumar Singla, is ready to take over. Singla, an IFS officer from the 1997 batch, was named PS to the Prime Minister in 2014. Singla returned to India to work in the PMO after a brief stint in the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv. He will now resume his duties as ambassador.
Cabinet Appointments Committee:
The Cabinet Appointments Committee or Appointments Committee of the Cabinet makes appointments to various high-ranking positions in the Indian government. The Prime Minister of India is the Chairman and the Minister of Home Affairs is the member of the committee. Originally, the Minister-in-Charge of the respective Ministry was also a member of the committee, however this is no longer the case.