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Amarchand public policy & advocacy partner Suhaan Mukerji resigns for PMO-adviser office job

Amarchand Mangaldas partner Suhaan Mukerji, who was responsible for the firm’s public policy and lobbying-style practice in Delhi, has resigned to focus on his work as expert advisor to Sam Pitroda, Office of Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations (PIII), according to legal website Bar & Bench.

Mukerji, who was promoted to Amarchand’s partnership in 2010 after becoming partner designate in 2009, had specialised in public policy and regulatory reform, legislative drafting and government affairs, according to his Linked-in profile. He had joined Amarchand in 2002 after two years as an analyst at the World Bank, an LLB from NLSIU Bangalore and an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE). Amarchand Delhi managing partner Shardul Shroff wished Mukerji well.

Mukerji told Legally India that he had already joined the PIII but he did not know if anyone would take over his former role at Amarchand. Amarchand was not reachable for comment by Legally India at the time of going to press.

His former practice at Amarchand is understood to include advocacy for policy changes, drafting legislation for government departments, as well as government affairs work.

This is similar to the work done by lobbying practice groups at international law firms in Washington DC, for example, but is understood not to include approaching political parties on behalf of clients to influence policy.

Mukerji was also closely involved in Amarchand Delhi’s pro bono practice.

According to its website, the PIII’s mission is to effect a “roadmap for innovation geared towards meeting the challenges of the 21st century”, including:

Operationalising the National Knowledge Network to interconnect all educational and research institutions

Overseeing broadband connectivity to Panchayats and enabling citizen interface to improve delivery of public services and citizen empowerment

Promoting greater use of Information Communications Technology in Public Transport Systems

Promoting greater use of Information Communications Technology in the Justice System

Developing an Action Plan for a Decade of Innovation

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