Shri Sinha is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of Bihar Cadre of 1983 batch. He has over 35 years of experience and his last office held was the Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Govt of India. Mr. Sinha was appointed as the special advisor to the Prime Minister in February 2020 to oversee projects related to the social sector.
He has had the unique distinction of having played a major role in designing Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (national mission for school education) and the National Rural Health Mission. Among the notable schemes and flagship programmes which are currently being steered by Sh. Sinha are MGNREGA, PMAY(Gramin), PMGSY, Rurban Mission, National Rural Livelihoods Mission, Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (youth employment scheme), to name a few.
Shri Sinha has published seven books and a large number of articles in publications such as Lancet, Economic and Political Weekly, Economic Times, The Hindu, The Business Standard, The Hindustan Times, etc. His latest book is “An India for Everyone – A Path to Inclusive Development”.
A student of St. Stephen’s College, he has topped the Delhi University, and is a recipient of the National Talent Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship and the Oxford Cambridge Society of India Scholarship.