Right to Information
PM Modi takes the lead in disclosing salaries of PMO staff
That, government salaries quite match those in the corporate world, has been aptly proven with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the bold step of pro-active disclosures, under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act by public authorities, on the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) website.
Please note that the salary disclosures uploaded on the website are for the financial year 2015-16, which is before the implementation of the seventh pay commission, jacking up the salaries by 21%. 
The PMO comprises 122 gazetted and 281 non-gazetted posts (excluding the personal staff of Prime Minister, Minister of State, National Security Advisor and former Prime Ministers). The salaries paid for the financial year 2015-16 for this came to around Rs26.4 crore.
Forget that the top notch officers in the PMO draw a salary between Rs1.75 lakh to over Rs2 lakh per month, the rest of the staff members are indeed in a comfortable financial position, compared to their peers in the private sector. For example, Dharamchand, a dispatch driver earns salary of Rs51,690 plus pension. Vijaykumar Singh, photostat operator gets salary of Rs35,595 while Mohammad Umar (carpenter) receives Rs35,925 every month. Sipahi Prasad is the highest paid peon (called the multi-tasking staff) at Rs40,011 and there are 72 of them. Neeraj Verma, the senior translator earns Rs61,580, Krishna Kumari, library clerk earns Rs58,553, R Suresh, personal assistant, earns Rs67,529, while another personal assistant, MS Rana earns Rs68,667. There are four of them in this salary range out of the 33 at this position. Tarun, assistant section officer, is the highest paid at Rs52,841 amongst 80 such officers. Ramesh Chandra, assistant reference officer earns Rs54,900 while Dinesh Bisht, an executive assistant earns Rs73,781 per month as salary in the PMO.
Amongst senior officers, Bhaskar Khulbe, Secretary in the PMO gets a salary of Rs2 lakh, Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to the PM and RK Mishra, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM are paid Rs1.62 lakh plus pension every month. Subrata Hazra, under-secretary gets paid a salary of Rs91,733. Rajeev Topan, personal secretary to the PM earns Rs1.47 lakh per month as salary. The six joint secretaries earn between Rs1.60 lakh and Rs1.78 lakh, while directors earn between Rs1.20 lakh and Rs1.38 lakh every month. PMO’s public relations officer, JM Thakkar earns a salary of Rs99,434 plus pension in a month. 
Considering that similar grades would be applicable to other central government and state government employees, they are taken care of well enough to work with corporate efficiency and accountability. After all, their salaries come from the taxes that citizens pay from their hard-earned money and hence, they need to be totally accountable to the citizens and the government. Also, the salaries are good enough for decent living and the avarice for money through commission, kickbacks and bribes which account for multiples of the salary of those who indulge in these illegal practices, is indeed condemnable.
Now that Prime Minister Modi has set the ball rolling in transparency of not only salaries of his staff but other information falling under pro-active disclosures under Section 4 of the RTI Act, all other public authorities must follow suit.
Following are the public disclosures on the PMO website, as per the various sections of Section 4 of the RTI Act:

Article under

Requirement under the Act



The particulars of its organisation, functions & duties

Under the Allocation of Business Rules 1961, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) provides secretarial assistance to the Prime Minister.

PMO is headed by the Principal Secretary to PM. Presently there are 122 Gazetted and 281 Non-Gazetted posts in PMO (excluding the personal staff of Prime Minister / Minister of State / National Security Advisor and former Prime Ministers).

The main premises of PMO is located in the South Block. However, certain branches are located at Rail Bhavan (RTI Section) & Parliament House (Parliament Section). It also functions from the Prime Minister’s House at RCR.

Organisation Structure of PMO

Section-wise Work Allocation


The powers & duties of its officers and employees

Work distribution in PMO


The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) provides secretarial assistance to the Prime Minister inter-alia assisting, as required, for decisions on proposals received.

Instructions contained in Manual of Office Procedure are followed.


The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions.

As the head of Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister presides over Cabinet meetings and oversees the works of all the Ministries.

Instructions contained in the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961 and Manual of Office Procedure are followed during discharge of functions of PMO.


The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions

The rules / regulation etc. as applicable to Central Government Employees / All India Service Officers and Central Government Offices are used for discharging of its functions. An illustrative list is at Annex-IV http://www.pmindia.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Anexure-4.pdf


A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control

Apart from the matters like administration of Prime Minister’s Office, public grievances, PMNRF etc, the issues which are received in PMO for information / comments / orders of Prime Minister originate in some other Ministry / Department, Cabinet Secretariat, State Government and other organization.

(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)



singh jasbir

2 months ago


Bapoo Malcolm

2 months ago

Now, is it possible to have a list of the other incomes?


2 months ago

While I don't grudge the salary-drawn by a Government employee, it should match the work output and integrity of the employee.


2 months ago

What need was there for proof? That the Government pay is far higher than Private Sector, even if you do not count the Perks, Bribes, Medical Junkets abroad and Pension, is a long established fact. This is a major contributory to India's run away inflation as a very large proportion of India's population are on Government pay roll and produce very little apart from pervasive bribe taking on account of tending to India's multiple webs of totalitarian and extortionate laws. To add urine to this pile of dung, the vast majority of these over paid bribe takers are Constitutionally Certified to be Congenitally Backward. They produce nothing of value to the citizen but only pomp, pelf, pleasure, and perversion to those who succeeded the British as the masters of this rusted iron frame, colonial Constitution, laws and courts.

Leslie Menezes

2 months ago

Mr Modi should take steps to curb silent corruption in the ministries. So called "honest babus" are skimming 1% to 5% of the budget on each purchase they so called approve. The salary is a perk for these babus.

Deepak Narain

2 months ago

It is very informative material. These pre-revised salaries in itself are very high. These will further rise very significantly after revision. At citizen's perception, the performance of govt is very poor. I retired from govt as deputy secretary in 2002. My revised Pension will now amount to Rs 41172/- pm, i.e. near equal to the pre-revised salary of Rs 40,011/- pm of Sipahi Prasad, Peon in PM's office. People like me are much poorer than the peons in PM's office. Govt's economic policy has brought the interest rates down from 11% to 8.5%. That has brought our income further down. What is the use of such a govt for us? At least, OROP should be implemented for civilian staff also so that they could also live the last years of their lives with dignity.


Harikrishnan Thattai

In Reply to Deepak Narain 2 months ago

Dear Deepak Narain, why have you placed your dignity in the remuneration rather then yourself. You are demeaning yourself the the word.

suneel kumar gupta

2 months ago

Now we should compre their commitment.

MG Warrier

2 months ago

Today (August 11, 2016) there was an article on MPs’ salaries in The Hindu. My response is copied below:
Legislator’s salary
The well-researched short piece on MPs’ salaries (The Hindu, Parliament, August 11), hopefully, will open a healthy debate on the whole issue of wages and income across sectors and hierarchies in government and private sector in India. The highest paid Indian ‘employee’ who together with his spouse took home a gross annual salary of over Rs 100 crore for several consecutive years was from a small company in South India.
The RBI governor’s annual salary is a small percentage of the gross emoluments of the CEOs of some of the private sector banks. While in government, public sector and some of the private sector organisations there are transparent norms for deciding wages and career progression, these are conspicuous by their absence for majority of the wage-earners in India.
Comparisons with experiences abroad made in the article may not lead us anywhere. It is a fact that, if we factor in the ‘costs’ for becoming a member of parliament, the salary for the uncertain term during which one will remain as an MP is too low by any standard. Thus, the issue reduces to one of ‘who should be deciding MPs’ salaries?.
GOI may consider setting up a permanent body with required statutory authority to monitor the relationship between the nature of jobs and remuneration paid in Government, public sector and in private sector and make recommendations on broad bands of wages payable for different categories of jobs.
M G Warrier, Mumbai


Abhijit Gosavi

In Reply to MG Warrier 2 months ago

Good reporting. "The 'costs' for becoming MP"... can you elaborate? Do you mean, sir, the risks some of them have to undertake in hiring goondas etc or maybe in employing Radia types? When has an MP/MLA or ex-MP/MLA ever seen poverty in recent times? They did when they used to be the kind that actually served the nation (e.g., the first couple of CMs of West Bengal).

Meanwhile, like someone said above, the interest rates have fallen dramatically. Senior citizens who never worked for the govt & have no pensions as a result but rely on fixed deposits have been affected by the lowering of the interest rates. They also had many costs in their life you know and pretty uncertain outcomes at the end.

And set up another body? Who will pay its members? Who will determine their salaries? Talk about making a government fatter.

Govinda Warrier

In Reply to Abhijit Gosavi 2 months ago

Your concerns are genuine I have always been arguing for a realistic rational prices wages and income policy relevant in the Indian context The problem is much graver than looting by politicians or corruption in government

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Need for Speed: Judiciary on Amphetamines?
Just about everybody has an opinion on legal delays. Some, obviously exaggerated, comments put the backlog clearing schedule at a couple of hundred years. Nice after-dinner banter, but way off the mark. Last year, Indian courts cleared two crore cases. So, how come there is still a huge pending docket? Simply because another couple of crore fresh cases were added. In short, if no new case is added for two or three years, there would be no work for judges, lawyers or the staff.
But, Nirvana is not in sight.
If it is any consolation, other countries have the same problem. Besides those that know of no rule of law, civilised nations, ones that believe in sensible justice, have many pending matters. This phenomenon is not new. Charles Dickens, writing over a hundred years ago, lampooned the system by saying that the present litigating generation did not even know each other! The sins of the ancestors were visiting on their descendants.
A train-driver is manhandled for a signal failure; a bus-driver abused for delay due to a traffic jam. So it is with the judicial system—where judges are the visible face. The truth, however, is a bit different. The men in black robes are fully aware of the problem and many do their best to make amends; often to the annoyance of the lawyers and their clients.
Canada has a system akin to ours and it has similar problems. Here, we need to differentiate between the two types of cases, civil and criminal. While most of us are more in touch with the former, it is really the latter, criminal matters, that need urgent attention. Those involved are invariable poor. They lack representation and proper assistance. They cannot afford bail; nor can they provide sound sureties. Many are devoid of sharp reasoning. They have been nabbed for an assortment of minor crimes; drunkenness, drugs, pick-pocketing, ticketless travel, vagrancy, loitering.
While in custody, they are transported at regular intervals in the black marias, only to be herded back at the end of the day; where they are prey to craven cops. No one counts the days, not even the accused. They simply linger.
This was a point of discussion in a Canadian case. All countries have provisions for speedy trials in criminal cases. One cannot be incarcerated indefinitely, without determination. In actual practice, it is a rule only on paper. In one case, a preliminary hearing was scheduled after three years! The accused were out, but the time-table was horrendous. Most guilty persons, out on bail, look forward to the ‘tareek-pe-tareek’ progression. Delay in the day of reckoning is big comfort. But Damocles should know that it only one hair away.
In Canada, the arguments for unreasonable delay were for the accused to prove. Conditions to be met, to prove delay, were so dicey that the Supreme Court remarked that “…. it was a throw of the dice.” In effect, though the law existed, its implementation was extremely tenuous. So when one Barret Johnson, charged with drug-trafficking, sought relief for delay, the Bench scratched its collective head to find a solution.
Readers will remember our old friend, the reasonable man. We ask that they now decide on the length of the ‘reasonable delay’. What should it be?
You be the judge and answer this conundrum.
What should the time be? A month, a year, three years, five or ten? Each answer will be the outcome of personal experiences. So, how did the judges decide? They concluded that the outer limit should be 30 months for the superior courts; 18 months for an inferior one. It was a majority decision and at least four judges had reservations about such a fixation. We sympathise with them. 
And this is what, in law, is called a legal fiction.



MG Warrier

2 months ago

In my article posted @moneylife.in on February 5, 2013, I had observed in a different context asunsder:
“There is urgency to fast-track justice not only when sensational issues come up and media/ popular protests highlight them. The immediate measures could include:

• Segregating cases which need to be decided within a year and taking them on a priority basis by the courts now in position.

• Leaving the remaining cases to new Special Courts to be put in place at all levels depending on the number of pending cases.

• Ensuring vacancies of judges are filled in time
• Making it compulsory for government and public sector organizations to expedite procedures where they are on either side of matters before courts. This is necessary as there is laxity on their side as cost and delay seldom affects the individuals who handle cases in government and public sector. This position is slowly creeping into big corporates also.

• Making necessary legislative changes to reduce procedural delays
• Simultaneous efforts to encourage concerned parties to settle issues out of court. This method would bear fruit where party on one side of the dispute is government or quasi-government organizations.
It seems, these observations hold good even today. As new vacancies are sanctioned in government and public sector after due deliberations and most of the time a year or two later from the initiating of processes, the large number of vacancies at various levels directly mean heavy pendency of work. Judiciary’s case is not different. Government and public sector should move forward to a ‘zero-vacancy’ concept sooner than latter.
This wasquoted again in my article posted @moneylife.in during April 2016!


2 months ago

But no one to speak for TIME-PASS cases,the merit less cases pending for years,one like 8508/2003 at Bombay high court,despite application No-WP-1756/2013 and order of the court? whom to make responsible as contempting the order.

Burjor Bharucha

3 months ago

Very well said Mr. Malcolm. Fully agree with you. Judiciary in India are amongst the slowest in the world. This "Tareek pe tareek" system has to change to reduce the magnitude of cases piling up making it impossible to see the result in majority cases

during ones life. Some solution has to be made and that only the learned Judges could do.

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