Awanish Kumar Awasthi, a UP cadre IAS officer, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment likely to be appointed as Principal Secretary of Chief Minister Adityanath. Awasthi, an IIT Kanpur graduate, has served in different capacities in the Uttar Pradesh government, including as District Magistrate of Lalitpur, Azamgarh, Badaun, Faizabad, Varanasi, Meerut and Gorakhpur, the Yogi’s parliamentary constituency.