Prime Minister's Office (India)

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Prime Minister's Office
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Secretariat Building, South Block
Agency overview
Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters South Block, Secretariat Building
Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Agency executive

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) consists of the immediate staff of the Prime Minister of India, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the Prime Minister. The PMO is headed by the Principal Secretary, currently Nripendra Misra. The PMO was originally called the Prime Minister's Secretariat until 1977, when it was renamed during the Morarji Desai administration.

It is part of the Government of India located in the South Block of the Secretariat Building.


During the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister, the then Prime Minister's Secretariat was headed by a Joint Secretary until his death.[1] The post of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister was created during the tenure of Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister.[1] The Principal Secretary to PM is the head of the Prime Minister's Office.


The PMO provides secretarial assistance to the Prime Minister. It is headed by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The PMO includes the anti-corruption unit and the public wing dealing with grievances. The office houses the Prime Minister and few selected officers of Indian Civil Service who work with him to manage and coordinate government and his office. The Prime Minister through his office coordinates with all ministers in the central union cabinet, minister of independent charges and governors and ministers of state government. The PMO is located at the South Block of the Secretariat Building.

The subject-matter of files required to be submitted to the Prime Minister depends on whether he is holding direct charge of the Ministry or whether there is a Cabinet Minister or Minister of State (Independent Charge) in charge of the Ministry. In the case of the latter, most matters are dealt with by the Cabinet Minister / Minister of State-in-charge. Only important policy issues, which the Minister concerned feels should be submitted to the Prime Minister for orders or information, are received in the PMO.

In cases where the Prime Minister is the Minister-in-charge, all matters requiring Ministerial approval not delegated to the Minister of State / Deputy Minister, if any, are submitted for orders. The Prime Minister has traditionally been the Minister-in-charge of the Departments of Space, Atomic Energy, and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

Some of the important matters that require the Prime Minister's personal attention include the following:

  1. Important defence-related issues;
  2. Decorations, both civilian and defence, where Presidential approval is required;
  3. All important policy issues;
  4. Proposals for appointment of Indian Heads of Missions abroad and requests for grant of agreement for foreign Heads of Missions posted to India;
  5. All important decisions relating to the Cabinet Secretariat;
  6. Appointments to State Administrative Tribunals and the Central Administrative Tribunal, UPSC, Election Commission, Appointment of members of statutory/constitutional Committees, Commissions attached to various Ministries;
  7. All policy matters relating to the administration of the Civil Services and administrative reforms;
  8. Special Packages announced by the Prime Minister for States are monitored in the PMO and periodical reports submitted to Prime Minister; and
  9. All judicial appointments for which Presidential approval is required.
Parliament Questions

Parliament Questions relating to the Ministries and Departments of which Prime Minister is the Minister-in-charge are answered by a Minister of State nominated for the purpose or by Prime Minister himself.

PM's Funds

The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and the National Defence Fund (NDF) are operated directly from the PMO. The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund was established in January 1948 as Trust, by then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, with public contributions to assist displaced persons from Pakistan, due to partition of India. In the year 2013-2014, the Fund received donations worth Rs. 377.04 crore.[2]

The Office[edit]

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) located in South Block, overlooking the grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Though in the 1990s I.K. Gujral and some of his predecessors, used Prime Minister's Residence (PMR) spread over a 10-acre complex as office.[3] It is sandwiched between the cabinet secretariat on one side and the ministries of external affairs and defence on the other. The 20-room PMO is equipped to provide both infrastructural and manpower support to the nation's chief executive. Hi-tech accessories and sophisticated communication devices were installed to monitor domestic and international developments.

In 2012, the PMO had a staff of 404 officials, with annual budget Rs 29.3 crores (2012–13), 70% or Rs 20 crores was spent on salaries.[4]


The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) directly comes under PMO.

Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)[edit]

Important officers in the PMO[5][edit]

  • From October 2011, the post of Secretary under Prime Ministers office has been eliminated as per policy.
Office of the Prime Minister of India
Name Designation Rank
Ajit Kumar Doval[6] National Security Adviser Minister of State Rank
Nripendra Misra [7] Principal Secretary
Rajeev Topno [8] Private Secretary
Sanjiv Singla[9] Private Secretary
Anurag Jain[9] Joint Secretary


  1. ^ a b Handbook Of Public Relations In India. Allied Publishers. 1968. ISBN 9788170233343. 
  2. ^ PM National Relief Fund PMO.
  3. ^ Prabhu Chawla (September 8, 1997). "Race Course Road: PMO Shifts to PMR". India Today. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  4. ^ "What the Prime Minister and his key men earn: Government discloses salaries and assets of the key officials in the PMO". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  5. ^ "List of Officers (PMO) | Prime Minister of India". Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Doval named Modi's security advisor". Daily Mail. 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "List of Officers" (PDF). PMO. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Senior IAS officer Rajeev Topno appointed Private Secy to Narendra Modi". 
  9. ^ a b "Prime Minister visits Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Mumbai". Welcome to Embassy of India to Austria and Montenegro. July 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-17. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website (English) (Hindi) (Bengali) (Gujarati) (Kannada) (Malayalam) (Marathi) (Odia) (Tamil) (Telugu) (Punjabi)