Prime Minister's Office (India)

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Prime Minister's Office
Pradhānamaṃtrī Kāryālaya
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Secretariat Building, South Block
Agency overview
Formed1947;73 years ago (1947)(As Prime Minister's Secretariat)
1977;43 years ago (1977)(As Prime Minister's Office)
Jurisdiction Flag of India.svg Republic of India
Headquarters South Block, Secretariat Building
Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Annual budget 44.13 crore (US$6.2 million) [1] (2017-18 est.) [lower-alpha 1]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Agency executives
Child agencies
Website www.pmindia.gov.in

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) (IAST: Pradhānamaṃtrī Kāryālaya) consists of the immediate staff of the Prime Minister of India, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the Prime Minister. The PMO is headed by the Principal Secretary, currently Pramod Kumar Misra. The PMO was originally called the Prime Minister's Secretariat until 1977, when it was renamed during the Morarji Desai ministry.

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It is part of the Government of India located in the South Block of the Secretariat Building.

History

During the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister, the then Prime Minister's Secretariat was headed by a Joint Secretary until his death. [2] The post of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister was created during the tenure of Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister. [2] The Principal Secretary to PM is the head of the Prime Minister's Office.

Function

The PMO provides secretarial assistance to the Prime Minister. It is headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The PMO includes the anti-corruption unit and the public wing dealing with grievances. The office houses the Prime Minister and few selected officers of Indian Civil Service who work with him to manage and coordinate government and his office. The Prime Minister through his office coordinates with all ministers in the central union cabinet, minister of independent charges and governors and ministers of state government. The PMO is located at the South Block of the Secretariat Building.

The subject-matter of files required to be submitted to the Prime Minister depends on whether he is holding direct charge of the Ministry or whether there is a Cabinet Minister or Minister of State (Independent Charge) in charge of the Ministry. In the case of the latter, most matters are dealt with by the Cabinet Minister / Minister of State-in-charge. Only important policy issues, which the Minister concerned feels should be submitted to the Prime Minister for orders or information, are received in the PMO.

In cases where the Prime Minister is the Minister-in-charge, all matters requiring Ministerial approval not delegated to the Minister of State/Deputy Minister, if any, are submitted for orders. The Prime Minister has traditionally been the Minister-in-charge of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the Departments of Space and Atomic Energy.

Some of the important matters that require the Prime Minister's personal attention include the following:

  1. Important defence-related issues;
  2. Decorations, both civilian and defence, where Presidential approval is required;
  3. All important policy issues;
  4. Proposals for appointment of Indian Heads of Missions abroad and requests for grant of agreement for foreign Heads of Missions posted to India;
  5. All important decisions relating to the Cabinet Secretariat;
  6. Appointments to State Administrative Tribunals and the Central Administrative Tribunal, UPSC, Election Commission, Appointment of members of statutory/constitutional Committees, Commissions attached to various Ministries;
  7. All policy matters relating to the administration of the Indian Administrative Service and other Civil Services and administrative reforms;
  8. Special Packages announced by the Prime Minister for States are monitored in the PMO and periodical reports submitted to Prime Minister; and

Parliament Questions

Parliament Questions relating to the Ministries and Departments of which Prime Minister is the Minister-in-charge are answered by a Minister of State nominated for the purpose or by Prime Minister himself.

PM's Funds

The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and the National Defence Fund (NDF) are operated directly from the PMO. The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund was established in January 1948 as Trust, by then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan, due to partition of India. In the year 2013-2014, the Fund received donations worth 377.04 crore (equivalent to 450 croreorUS$63 million in 2018). [3]

The Office

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) located in South Block, overlooking the grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Though in the 1990s I.K. Gujral and some of his predecessors, used Prime Minister's Residence (PMR) spread over a 10-acre complex as office. [4] It is sandwiched between the cabinet secretariat on one side and the ministries of external affairs and defence on the other. The 20-room PMO is equipped to provide both infrastructural and manpower support to the nation's chief executive. Hi-tech accessories and sophisticated communication devices were installed to monitor domestic and international developments.

In 2012, the PMO had a staff of 404 officials, with annual budget 29.3 crore (equivalent to 41 croreorUS$5.8 million in 2018), of which, around 70% or 20 crore (equivalent to 28 croreorUS$4.0 million in 2018) was spent on salaries. [5]

Important officers in the PMO

Senior officials in the Office of the Prime Minister of India [6]
Name [7] DesignationRank
P K Mishra, IAS Principal Secretary Cabinet secretary of India [8]
Ajit Kumar Doval, IPS, KC [9] National Security Adviser Cabinet secretary of India
P K Sinha , IAS Principal Advisor to PMCabinet secretary of India [10]
Anil Kumar Gupta, IFOS Secretary Secretary to Government of India [11]
Tarun Bajaj, IAS Additional Secretary Additional Secretary to Government of India
Arvind Kumar Sharma, IAS Additional Secretary Additional Secretary to Government of India
Rajeev Topno, IAS [12] Private Secretary Joint Secretary to Government of India
Vivek Kumar, IFS [13] [14] Private Secretary Joint Secretary to Government of India

Organisation

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Agencies under the Prime Minister of India.

Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)

Department of Space

The Department of Space manages the following agencies and institutes: [15]

Project Monitoring Group

In June 2013, a cell within the Cabinet Secretariat called the Project Monitoring Group was created to track stalled investment projects, both in the public and private sectors and to remove the implementation bottlenecks in these projects on a fast-track basis. [17] An online portal open to the public was created where projects worth over 1,000 crore (US$140 million) were to be tracked. [17]

The Project Monitoring Group was moved to the Prime Minister's Office in 2014. [18] [19]

Notes

  1. Budgets of child agencies like Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Space (DoS), Performance Management Division (PMD) and National Security Council are not included.

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