Chapter 55: CABINET SECRETARIAT

Cabinet Secretary

The PM is the head of the secretariat but administrative head is cabinet secretary who is also chairman of the civil service board. The cabinet secretariat functions directly under the PM.

Cabinet secretary is the head of the civil service.

Functions of the Cabinet Secretariat

  1. The work allocated to Cabinet Secretariat is Secretarial assistance to Cabinet and Cabinet Committees; and Rules of Business.
  2. The Cabinet Secretariat is responsible for the administration of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961 and the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.
  3. It works in facilitating smooth transaction of business in ministries/departments of the Government by ensuring rules are followed.
  4. It assists in decision-making by ensuring inter-ministerial coordination, removing differences amongst ministries/departments and evolving cooperation amongst them on issues concerning policy by standing and ad hoc Committees of Secretaries.
  5. The Cabinet Secretariat ensures that the President, the Vice-President and Ministers are kept informed of the major activities of all ministries/departments.
  6. Management of major crisis situation in the country and coordinating activities of various ministries in such a situation is also one of the functions of the Cabinet Secretariat.
  7. The Secretaries keep the Cabinet Secretary informed of developments from time to time. The Transaction of Business Rules also require them to keep the Cabinet Secretary informed whenever situations arise that are not normal.

Functions of Cabinet Secretary:


  1. Secretarial assistance to cabinet and its committees.

  2. Facilitate smooth transaction of government in ministries as per rules.

  3. inter ministerial coordination

  4. Provide a monthy summary of government activities to President, Vice president and Ministers.

Miscellaneous

Civil Service day is celebrated on 21st April Because it was on this day that Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, addressed the first batch of civil servants in Independent India at the Metcalf House

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