Chapter 55: CABINET SECRETARIAT
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
The work allocated to Cabinet Secretariat is
Secretarial assistance to Cabinet and Cabinet Committees;
and Rules of Business.
- 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.
- It works in facilitating smooth
transaction of business in ministries/departments of the
Government by ensuring rules are followed.
- 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
- The Cabinet Secretariat ensures that the President, the
Vice-President and Ministers are kept informed of the major
activities of all ministries/departments.
- 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.
- 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:
- Secretarial assistance to cabinet and its committees.
- Facilitate smooth transaction of government in
ministries as per rules.
- inter ministerial coordination
- Provide a monthy summary of government activities to
President, Vice president and Ministers.
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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