The Private Secretaries to union ministers are normally drawn from different organised Services.Sometimes, even officers from same ministries are deployed as private secretaries to ministers.Their appointments, more often than not,are co-terminus with ministers’ continuance in the council of ministers .

Worse, the ministers also indulge in the luxury of drawing on an army of junior staff far in excess of DOP&T’S entitlements.The number of staff ( designated as Informal staff ) from out of ministries, is as large as 20. This leads to additional office space, telephones,cars, furniture etc, needlessly adding to avoidable, wasteful expenditure. They are generally misused for fulfilling non-official obligations of ministers including receiving political co-workers, both at home and office.

This informal arrangement creates vested interests and misuse of official machinery and must be stopped forthwith. Such staff and officers facilitated all scams during the Congress-led UPA era. Mistaking them as innocuous, they are never kept under CBI’s and IB’s scanners.They are quizzed by anti-corruption agencies only after the scams are investigated. But,they escape scot free in absence of formal allocation of duties in ministers’ offices. They must be asked to return to their substantive posts in the ministry.Even, the Private Secretaries belonging to organised services, must be asked to pack up and report to their respective cadres after two years.

The PMO must be kept exempted due to massive amount of work and for effective monitoring.


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A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.

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