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6th August, 2022 Polity and Governance

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In News

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister has extended the tenure of present Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba for one year.
    • He was first appointed as the Cabinet Secretary in 2019 for a term of two years.
    • He received an extension in service in 2021.


Cabinet Secretary

  • The Cabinet Secretary is the top-most executive official and senior-most civil servant of the Government of India.
  • The Cabinet Secretary is the ex-officio head of the Civil Services Board.
  • The administrative head of the Cabinet Secretariat.
  • Works under the direct charge of the Prime Minister.
  • He is responsible for the administration of the Transaction and Business rules and Allocation of business rules.
  • He ensures that the President, Vice President and Ministries are kept informed of the major activities of all Ministries/Departments by means of a monthly Summary of their Activities.
  • Manage the major crises in the country and Coordinate activities of various Ministries in such a situation.
  • Provide Secretarial Assistance:
    • Convening of the meetings of the cabinet on the orders of the Prime Minister.
    • Preparation and Circulation of the agenda.
    • Preparing a record of discussions taken.
    • Circulation of the record after obtaining the approval of the Prime Minister.
    • Watching implementation of the decisions taken by the Cabinet.
    • Custodian of the papers of the Cabinet meetings
  • Acts as the chief coordinator of the central government
  • Chairman of the Civil Services Board, which recommends the empanelment of officers (except officers under the Ministry of External Affairs), for the ranks of secretary, additional secretary and joint secretary.
  • Chairman of the Conference of Chief Secretaries of States.
  • Recommends postings of officers (except officers under the Ministry of External Affairs) of the rank of secretary and additional Secretary to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
  • Acts as a senior adviser to the Prime Minister.
  • Assist the Council of Ministers.