Former bureaucrat Amit Khare was on Tuesday appointed as the advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a contract basis “initially for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier”. Khare retired on September 30.
Former secretary (HRD), information and broadcasting (I&B), Amit Khare, an IAS officer of the 1985 batch, was on Tuesday appointed as the advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Khare also served as the information and broadcasting ministry secretary between May 2018 and December 2019.
The former IAS officer also played a role in formulating the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
The IT rules regulate social media companies, streaming and digital news content, virtually bringing them, for the first time, under the ambit of government supervision.
Amit Khare played a key role in unearthing the fodder scam in the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar as the deputy commissioner of West Singhbhum (Chaibasa) between 1995-1997.
Khare also served as the vice-chancellor of Ranchi University and the development commissioner of Jharkhand in the past.
He is a BSc (physics) graduate from St Stephens College in Delhi and also holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment Shri Amit Khare, IAS (Retd.) (JH:1985) as Advisor to the Prime Minister in Prim 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 reemployed officers of Secretary level in Government of India, initially for a period of two years of until further orders, whichever is earlier,” an order said.
A highly competent and no-nonsense professional bureaucrat, Amit Khare not only shepherded the National Education Policy 2020 under the direction of PM Modi but was also instrumental in bringing key changes in the I and B ministry regarding digital media regulations.
He joins the Prime Minister’s Office after ex-cabinet secretary PK Sinha and ex-secretary Amarjeet Sinha left the PMO as advisors this year.
Khare’s competence lies in taking clear cut decisions with utmost transparency.
He was one of the few secretaries under PM Modi who had at one time headed the higher education and schools department within HRD as well as the full I and B ministry.