LUCKNOW: Chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, whose one-year extension to serve in his current post in UP was set to expire on December 31, has been given another extension. Confirming the development to TOI, Mishra said the extension is for a period of one year.
The 1984-batch IAS officer of the UP cadre was serving as secretary in the ministry of urban affairs when, in a sudden move, the Centre gave him an extension just three days before his retirement, and repatriated him to his home state UP for his “proposed appointment” as chief secretary just months before the state went into Assembly elections. He replaced RK Tiwari, who was due to retire in February 2023. Mishra’s second extension came a day before he would have retired after the first extension.
Before taking over as UP’s senior-most bureaucrat a year ago, Mishra had been on deputation to the Centre since 2014 when he went to the ministry of mines as joint secretary. In less than three weeks, he moved to the urban development ministry as additional secretary and was promoted to the rank of secretary in 2017.
While in the Centre, Mishra played a crucial role in the implementation and execution of some of PM Narendra Modi’s key development schemes which included the redevelopment of Delhi’s Central Vista and construction of a new Parliament building. In addition to this, several infrastructure development projects for UP were also rolled out, including the crucial Metro Rail project for Lucknow and Kanpur, in addition to Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Nagpur in Madhya Pradesh. Mishra was also involved in the Smart Cities Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission.

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