New Delhi: Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has expressed intention to be relieved from his post. However, reports claim that PM  Modi has asked him to continue for two weeks, reported PTI.

The reason for the request is not known. However, PM Modi has appointed retired IAS officer PK Sinha as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the PM, reported ANI. 

"After serving the PMO assiduously and diligently for over five years and making an indelible contribution to India’s growth trajectory, Shri Nripendra Misra Ji will be embarking on a new phase of his life. My best wishes to him for his future endeavours," Tweeted PM Modi.

"Shri Nripendra Misra is among the most outstanding officers, who has a great grasp of public policy and administration. When I was new to Delhi in 2014, he taught me a lot and his guidance remains extremely valuable," PM added.

Earlier, Misra has served as the chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Secretary of India and Fertilizers Secretary of India. He is the 12th Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.

Prime minister, Narendra Modi appointed Misra as his principal secretary in 2014, when he came to power and was given the rank and status of Cabinet Minister. tTe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 was amended to confirm Misra's appointment. Amendment was necessary as one of its provisions barred a former TRAI chairperson from holding any office in the Government of India or any state or union territorial government.

Misra was re-appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 11, 2019.