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    Functions of Deputy Secretary and Secretary to Government of India

    Want to know the duties and responsibilities of Deputy Secretary and Secretary to Government of India? Find out here.

    What are the powers, duties and responsibilities of Deputy Secretary and Secretary to Government of India?
  • #141662
    Secretary to Government of India is the IAS cadre post and is coupled with sweeping powers and he would coordinate every effort with Dy secretary and other state secretaries of concerned state. Every day morning he shall report to the PM and PMO about the happenings until that hour and even gives recommendation based on past experience and records. It is generally known fact that those who are close with PM and enjoy his confidence can be in that seat because some personal decisions of PM has to be taken and thus rapport is very important and coordination in the PMO office is must.
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  • #141663
    This thread is being shifted to the Ask Expert section.
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  • #141693
    You have asked the duties of Secretary and Deputy Secretary to Government of India.
    In this reference I want to mention that there is one Cabinet Secretary, two Secretaries, one Additional Secretary and one Joint Secretary assisting to Government of India.
    The Cabinet Secretary is the coordinator for all the activities related to policies and administrative work and also works for council of Ministers.
    One Secretary looks after coordination and public grievances. The other Secretary takes care of security and security issues.
    Additional Secretary takes care of work related to cabinet committees, secretariat meetings, parliament questions etc.
    Joint Secretary is responsible for coordination between ministries, vigilance, work related to government rules etc.
    Deputy Secretary takes care of holding meetings, exercising delegated powers of head of offices, coordination with PSUs etc.
    The above information is the brief of the duties of Secretaries in government. If you are interested to know something in more detail I advise you to have a look at the government site -

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  • #141740
    Your query lacks clarity. Secretary is a senior most IAS officer and would be the Head of the Department of the concerned Ministry of the Government of India. For example, Take the Ministry of Home affairs, Govt. of India. The secretary would be the Head of the executive and would take care of the implementation of the policies of the Government. He would act as an adviser to the Home Minister and reports all the matters related to our internal security, law and order. He would be assisted by an Additional secretary, one or two Joint secretaries and 3-5 Deputy secretaries as authorized for the Ministry.

    A secretary would be drawing salary authorised for an Apex level officer while a Deputy secretary would be an IAS or an officer from allied services selected from CSS (Central Staffing Scheme) on deputation with a service of 15 years or more. The role of Deputy secretary would be as per the prescribed mandate of the concerned Ministry and would be reporting to the Joint Secretary or to the Secretary direct as the case may be.


  • #141781
    To be secretary in a any ministry means that he is responsible for the implementation of the certain policies approved by the Government and so in other words we can safely assume that he is the head of the department of a certain ministry with which he is attached. He would directly report to the minister and would take his effort to implement all the relevant policies related to the ministry.
    To facilitate the job of the Secretary, there is an additional secretary, a joint - secretary and two to three deputy secretaries are also included for the smooth operation of secretariet.
    A secretary is having abundant experience in carrying out his job independently and is normally from IAS rank or from the allied service class. The joint secretary assists the secretary in the implementation of the policies and holds meeting with the Dy, secretaries for the smooth functioning of the policies.
    The Dy, secretary is responsible for the proper implementation of the policies and remains in touch with the head of PSU falling under the ministry. The Dy secretaries have the power to visit the plants to see the actual functioning of the units and ensure that there is no flaw with respect to implementation of the policies.

  • #141803
    Let me give the answer in detail. In Government of India, Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister are the topmost bureaucrats. Every Ministry and Department is headed by a Secretary, who is the topmost bureaucrat in the Ministry/Department. Under the Secretary, various Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries function in every Ministry. Each of these Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries heads a Wing. Under each Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary, 3-4 Directors/Deputy Secretaries function. They are the Divisional Heads. Under each Director/Deputy Secretary, 2-3 Under Secretaries work. Under Secretaries are the Heads of Branches. Each Branch consists of 2-3 Sections, which are headed by the Section Officers. Section is the repository of files, receipts and documents on a particular subject. On the other hand, power has been delegated to aforestated Officers in accordance with Allocation of Business Rules and Transaction of Business Rules.
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