Govt asks Depts to De­pute Staff as Min­is­ters’ Secy

The Economic Times - - Economy -

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.

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