Neelam Kapur, a 1982 batch Indian Information Service officer, is set to take over as the next Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB), replacing Uma Kant Mishra, who retires on March 31.
The name of Kapur, former Director of Directorate of Film Festivals and currently holding the charge of Director General, Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity, is said to have been cleared by the I&B Ministry for the top job of the Chief Spokesperson of the Government.
Though sources in the I&B Ministry said that her name had been finalised for the post of Principal Director General of PIB, the apex agency of the Government to project its programmes and policies, nobody would confirm her appointment till a formal notification is issued next week.
Kapur has been in the forefront for this coveted post for which a number of other contenders have been in the race. These include Frank Noronha, Director General of PIB (next in line to current PIB head Uma Kant Mishra); D Mukhopadhyay, DG - Directorate of Field Publicity; and K Ganesan, DG - News & Current Affairs, Doordarshan. Interestingly, even Mishra had been very much in the reckoning as he had angled for his extension.
As a woman IIS officer, Kapur’s elevation to this top secretary level job assumes significance, but she will not be the first woman IIS officer to hold the post of Principal DG of PIB. Last year, a senior IIS officer, Deepak Sandhu, was holding this post till the first week of December, when she was inducted into the Prime Minister’s Office as media advisor to the Prime Minister.