Defence Secretary (India)

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Defence Secretary
Rakṣā Saciva
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Incumbent
Sanjay Mitra, IAS

since 25 May 2017
Ministry of Defence
Member of Strategic Policy Group
Committee of Secretaries on Administration
Defence Acquisition Council
Defence Procurcement Board (as Chairman)
Defence Production Board
Defence Research and Development Board
Reports to
Residence 9, New Moti Bagh, New Delhi[1]
Seat Ministry of Defence
South Block, Cabinet Secretariat
Raisina Hill
New Delhi
Appointer Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
Term length Two years, term can be extended.[2][3][4]
Inaugural holder GS Bhalja
Formation 21 July 1947; 71 years ago (1947-07-21)
Salary 225,000 (US$3,100) monthly[5][6]
Website Official Website

The Defence Secretary (IAST: Rakṣā Saciva) is the administrative head of the Ministry of Defence. This post is held by a senior IAS officer of the rank of secretary to Government of India. The current Defence Secretary is Sanjay Mitra.[7][8][9]

As a secretary to Government of India, the Defence Secretary ranks 23rd on Indian order of precedence.[10]

Powers, responsibilities and postings[edit]

Defence Secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of Defence, and is the principal adviser to the Defence Minister on all matters of policy and administration within the Defence Ministry.[11]

The role of Defence Secretary is as follows:

Emolument, accommodation and perquisites[edit]

An Indian Diplomatic Passport and an Official Passport generally issued to the Defence Secretary.

The Defence Secretary is eligible for a diplomatic passport. The official earmarked residence of the Defence Secretary is 9, New Moti Bagh, New Delhi, a Type-VIII bungalow.[1]

The salary and emolument in this rank is equivalent[14] to chief secretaries of state governments and to Vice Chief of the Army Staff/commanders and officers in the rank of full general and its equivalents in the Indian Armed Forces.[14]

Defence Secretary monthly pay and allowances
Base salary as per the 7th Pay Commission (per month) Pay matrix level Sources
225,000 (US$3,100) Pay level 17 [5][6]

List of Defence secretaries[edit]

List of Union Defence secretaries[15][16][17]
S. No. Name Assumed office Demitted office
1 GS Bhalja 21 July 1947 6 October 1947
2 HM Patel 7 October 1947 20 July 1953
3 BB Ghosh 21 July 1953 12 November 1953
4 MK Vellodi 13 November 1953 13 June 1957
5 O Pulla Reddy 14 June 1957 21 November 1962
6 PVR Rao 21 November 1962 3 April 1965
7 AD Pandit 4 April 1965 4 August 1965
8 PVR Rao 5 August 1965 31 December 1966
9 V Shankar 1 January 1967 2 November 1968
10 HC Sarin 3 November 1968 7 December 1970
11 KB Lall 8 December 1970 18 May 1973
12 Govind Narain 19 May 1973 31 May 1975
13 DR Kohli 1 June 1975 31 March 1977
14 Gian Prakash 4 April 1977 26 March 1978
15 S Banerjee 27 March 1978 3 July 1979
16 JA Dave 9 July 1979 10 April 1980
17 KPA Menon 5 May 1980 11 August 1981
18 PK Kaul 12 August 1981 30 June 1983
19 SM Ghosh 26 July 1983 25 June 1984
20 SK Bhatnagar 6 July 1984 31 May 1988
21 TN Seshan 1 June 1988 22 February 1989
22 Naresh Chandra 22 February 1989 21 March 1990
23 NN Vohra 21 March 1990 6 April 1993
24 KA Nambiar 6 April 1993 6 June 1996
25 TK Banerjee 5 August 1996 31 May 1997
26 Ajit Kumar 31 May 1997 1 January 1999
27 TR Prasad 1 January 1999 20 October 2000
28 Yogendra Narain 20 October 2000 30 June 2002
29 Subir Dutta 20 June 2002 4 July 2003
30 Ajay Prasad 14 July 2003 30 June 2004
31 Ajai Vikram Singh 1 July 2004 31 July 2005
32 Shekhar Dutt 1 August 2005 31 July 2007
33 Vijay Singh 1 August 2007 31 July 2009
34 Pradeep Kumar 1 August 2009 14 July 2011
35 Shashi Kant Sharma 14 July 2011 22 May 2013
36 R.K. Mathur 25 May 2013 24 May 2015
37 G. Mohan Kumar 25 May 2015 24 May 2017
38 Sanjay Mitra[7][8][9] 25 May 2017 Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Telephone numbers and addresses of top executives in Defence Ministry" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Khare, Harish (February 8, 2005). "Fixed tenure planned for Home, Defence Secretaries". The Hindu. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fixed tenure for defence, home secretaries". Rediff.com. September 22, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Fixed tenure for Defence, Home Secretaries". Outlook. September 22, 2005. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Biswas, Shreya, ed. (June 29, 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Ahuja, Rajesh (May 10, 2017). "West Bengal cadre IAS officer Sanjay Mitra to be next defence secretary". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Sanjay Mitra appointed as new Defense Secretary". New Delhi. May 10, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Central government departments get new secretaries, Sanjay Mitra gets Defence". The Economic Times. May 11, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Order of Precedence" (PDF). Rajya Sabha. President's Secretariat. July 26, 1979. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure - 14th Edition (2015)" (PDF). Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension. p. 6. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Laxmikanth, M. (2014). Governance in India (2nd Edition). Noida: McGraw Hill Education. pp. 3.1–3.10. ISBN 978-9339204785.
  13. ^ "About DoD". Department of Defence, Government of India. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Army Pay Rules, 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Defence, Government of India. May 3, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "Defence Secretaries (Page 1)". Department of Defence, Government of India. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  16. ^ "Defence Secretaries (Page 2)". Department of Defence, Government of India. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "Defence Secretaries (Page 3)". Department of Defence, Government of India. Retrieved January 10, 2018.

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