New Delhi: The monthly salary of all officers working in the prime minister’s office (PMO) has been made public as part of suo motu disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Bhaskar Khulbe the highest paid at ₹ 2.01 lakh.
Khulbe, who is secretary to the prime minister, gets a monthly remuneration of ₹ 2.01 lakh, according to details of the salary as on 1 June 2016 put on the PMO website.
Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to the PM; national security adviser Ajit Doval, and P.K. Mishra, additional principal secretary to Modi, get ₹ 1,62,500 per month, plus pension, each.
All these top bureaucrats are retired civil servants.
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 ₹ 1.55 lakh and ₹ 1.77 lakh, it said.
Rajeev Topno and Sanjeev Kumar Singla, both private secretaries to the PM, get a monthly salary of ₹ 1.46 lakh and ₹ 1.38 lakh, respectively.
Sharat Chander, information officer, and J.M. Thakkar, public relations officer in the PMO, get a monthly remuneration of ₹ 1.26 lakh and ₹ 99,000, respectively, according to the PMO website.
Five other bureaucrats including the PM’s close aide Sanjay R. Bhavsar, working as officer on special duty (OSD) in the PMO, draws monthly remuneration of around ₹ 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 the secretary to former prime ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
N.C, Jhingta, secretary to Vajpayee, gets ₹ 1.42 lakh while G. Muralidhar Pillay, Singh’s Secretary, draws monthly remuneration of ₹ 1 lakh (plus pension), the PMO said.
These disclosures have been made under Section 4 of the 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.