Govt asks Depts to Depute Staff as Ministers’ Secy
for redesignation as PS unless the minister wants him as a regular PS,” the missive said.
It has asked all ministries to send a formal proposal later for regular appointment of PS or officer on special duty (OSD) to the minister. According to the rules, a Cabinet minister is entitled to 15 personnel as personal staff. It includes a PS, two each additional PS and assistant PS, one each first personal assistant, second personal assistant, Hindi stenographer, lower division clerk (LDC), driver, attendant and four peons. A minister of state (MoS) is entitled to a 13-member official staff. It includes one each PS, additional PS, assistant PS and first personal assistant and two second personal assistant. An MoS also gets one each Hindi stenographer, LDC, driver and attendant and three peons. A minister of state holding independent charge may be given one extra assistant PS, if required. A total ceiling of 10 years be prescribed beyond which an officer may not be permitted to be appointed in the personal staff of ministers, irrespective of level, according to DoPT rules.