Vivek Kumar has been appointed as the Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kumar, a 2004 batch IFS officer is currently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office. He will take over the post from Sanjeev Kumar Singla, who has been appointed India’s Ambassador to Israel.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the Prime Minister, cleared the new assignment for Kumar, who is currently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office. The order was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Kumar’s appointment will come into effect from the day of the assumption of charge and his tenure will be on a co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the official order said.
Kumar is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. After a brief spell as a Business Development Manager in a telecom software start-up, Kumar joined the Indian Foreign Service in September 2004.
Prior to his assignment in Sydney, he has served as Consul General of India in Vladivostok, and as Second Secretary in Moscow, in addition to working at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Kumar is a technology enthusiast, and enjoys reading extensively across a wide range of topics.