(Profile) UPSC Member: Shri Prashanta Kumar Mishra

Shri Prashanta Kumar Mishra

(b. 7th August 1948) B.A. (Honours) Political Science, Appointed to Indian Administrative Service on 15th July 1972. Since his selection in the Indian Administrative Service in 1972, he held several prominent postings starting from District Magistrate to Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh, both in the State of Uttar Pradesh and Government of India. In the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, he held positions such as District Magistrate, Commissioner, Trade Tax and Secretary in the departments of Institutional Finance, Panchayat, Science & Technology, Department of Cooperation etc. and the Chief Executive of New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA), and Commissioner, Meerut Division.

At the Government of India level, he worked as Director, Youth Affairs from the year 1986 to 1991 and Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan. In January 1998, he was posted as Managing Director of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and worked till January 2003. He also worked as Chairman, India Potash Ltd. Thereafter, he went back to UP and worked as Principal Secretary, Public Sector Enterprises, Principal Secretary, Food & Civil Supply; and Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Welfare, UP from March 2003 to January 2004. In January 2004, he took over as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of India and worked till November, 2004. From December, 2004 to June 2007 he worked as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Environment & Forests. He worked as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs from 31st October 2006 to 30th June, 2007 in GOI. From 1st July, 2007 to 23rd May, 2008; he worked as Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

He held the position of Chairman, India Potash Limited, a national level organization engaged in import of fertilizers. He also served as a Director on the Board of Directors of National level organizations such as IFFCO, KRIBHCO, NAFED, FAI etc.

He had been Chairman of the Regional Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Asia and the Pacific Region (NEDAC) of the FAO for two years from November 1999 to September 2001 and held the position of Co-Chairman of NEDAC (FAO) from 2001 to 2003.

He was also on the Board of Directors of Air India Ltd., Indian Airlines Ltd., IAL Air Transport Services Ltd, Airports Authority of India, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., Hotel Corporation of India, India Tourism Development Corporation.

He has written various papers in international/ national workshops and seminars and has also written a book titled “EK DRISTIKON”.

He was appointed Member, UPSC on 18th August 2008.