Nripendra Misra is the chairman of the Ram Temple Construction Committee and a former principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is also a key architect of the consecration ceremony of the temple, which will take place on January 22, 2024, in the presence of the PM and thousands of guests.
Misra, who retired from the civil services in 2019, was given the task of building a temple that will last at least a 1,000 years. He considers it a ‘divine blessing’ and a culmination of his illustrious career. He has also overseen the construction of the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya in Delhi, which opened in 2022.
Misra is a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for his outstanding contributions to the public administration. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F Kennedy School and two master’s degrees from Allahabad University. He joined the IAS in 1967, after being encouraged by his teacher to pursue the civil services.
Misra has three children, who are also successful in their respective fields. He has served as the chairman of TRAI and the principal secretary to two former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh – Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kalyan Singh. He is widely regarded as PM Modi’s go-to-officer and a trusted aide.
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