Principal Private Secretary

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Not to be confused with Parliamentary Private Secretary.

In the British Civil Service and Australian Public Service the Principal Private Secretary is the civil servant who runs a cabinet minister's private office. The role can be a political appointment or a civil service position.[1]

In India Principal Private Secratary is Group A Gazetted officer that generally take care of office of Additional Secratary or Equivalent to the Govt of India. Principal Private Secratary has a pay scale equivalent to (Undersecratary to Govt of India/Deputy Comisioner). Principal Private Secratary are promoted to Senior Principal Private Secratary (Senior PPS) generraly after 7-8 years of Service depending upon the Posts. Senior Principal Private Secratary has a pay scale equivalent to (Deputy Secratary to Govt of India/Joint Comisioner) and they run the office of Secratary to Govt of India/Member or Equivalent. Level of Seniority after Senior PPS is PSO(Principal Staff Officer's). PSO has Pay Scale Equivalent to (Director to Govt of India/Divisional Commisioner of a state). In India officers of Level of PPS & above can attest passport documents for Tatkal scheme.

In popular culture[edit]

A classic explanation is provided in the British sitcom Yes Minister.

Sir Humphrey (the Permanent Secretary) briefs Hacker (the Minister) on the Department's workings:

(From the episode "Open Government", transmitted 25 February 1980)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, John Michael; George William Jones; June Burnham (1998). At the centre of Whitehall: advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 42–44. ISBN 978-0-312-17730-0.