Amit Khare, a 1985 batch IAS officer and former secretary (HRD), information and broadcasting (I&B), was chosen as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advisor on Tuesday. On September 30, Khare stepped down as Secretary of State for Higher Education.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment Shri Amit Khare, IAS (Retd.) (JH:1985) as Advisor to the Prime Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, in the rank and scale of Secretary to Government of India, on contract basis, as per other usual terms and conditions as are applicable in the case of re-employed officers of Secretary level in Government of India, initially for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” an order said.
Amit Khare, a very capable and straight-talking professional bureaucrat, not only shepherded PM Modi’s National Education Policy 2020 but also played a vital role in introducing key revisions to the I and B ministry’s digital media legislation. After ex-cabinet secretary PK Sinha and ex-secretary Amarjeet Sinha departed the PMO as advisors this year, he enters the Prime Minister’s Office. Khare’s strength is in making decisive decisions with complete openness. He was one of the few secretaries in PM Modi’s cabinet who had previously served as the head of HRD’s higher education and schools department, as well as the whole I and B ministry.