Rajeev Topno, the private secretary of Prime Minister Modi has been appointed as the senior advisor to the Executive Director, World Bank in Washington.
Topno, a 1996 batch IAS officer, had joined the Prime Minister’s Office as a deputy secretary in 2009 when Manmohan Singh had just started his second term.
On 19 July 2014, he was appointed as the Private Secretary of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Rajeev Topno also handled key portfolios such as telecom and ports at the PMO in the UPA-2 government.
The appointment is significant to India. Improving relationship with the World Bank can help the country to revive the economy post-COVID-19 pandemic.