Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has made public the monthly remuneration of all its officers and staff under the Right to Information Act.
The Secretary to the Prime Minister and IAS officer of the 1983 batch, Bhaskar Khulbe, is the highest paid official at the PMO with a monthly salary of Rs 2.01 lakh, according to a PMO statement as of June 1, 2016. Khulbe, who was till recently an Additional Secretary was appointed Secretary to the PM last week.
The three other top officials at PMO – Principal Secretary to PM, Nripendra Misra, Additional Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval get paid the same amount — Rs 1,62,500 per month plus pension since all three of these officials are retired civil servants. The Public Relations Officer at PMO and old aide of the Prime Minister, J.M. Thakkar, is paid Rs 99,434 per month plus pension. The Information Officer of PIB posted to the PMO, Sharat Chander, takes home Rs 1.26 lakh a month.
Six Joint Secretaries in the PMO–Tarun Bajaj, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, T V Somanathan, A K Sharma, Anurag Jain and Debashree Mukherjee–get a monthly salary ranging between Rs 1.55 lakh and Rs 1.77 lakh, the statement said.
Rajeev Topno and Sanjeev Kumar Singla, both private secretaries to the PM, get a monthly salary of Rs 1.46 lakh and Rs 1.38 lakh.
Five other bureaucrats including the PM’s close aide Sanjay R Bhavsar, working as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the PMO, draws a monthly remuneration of around Rs 1.1 lakh, it said.
Besides Bhavsar, four other OSDs are Hiren Joshi, Pratik Doshi, Hemang Jani and Ashutosh Narayan Singh.
The PMO has also made public details of monthly remuneration given to Secretary to former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
N C Jhingta, Secretary to Vajpayee, gets Rs 1.42 lakh while G Muralidhar Pillay, Singh’s Secretary, draws monthly remuneration of Rs one lakh (plus pension), the PMO said.
These disclosures have been made under Section 4 of the Right to Information(RTI) Act that casts an obligation on all public authorities to suo motu disclose, among others, details of remuneration given to all its employees for the sake of transparency.