Sunday, July 11, 2010

No work, yet House secys paid Rs 15 cr

Chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSs) in Punjab have enjoyed ministerial perks and perquisites worth Rs 15 crore over the past three years though they have had little to show by way of work. This came to light through a Right to Information enquiry. This stratum of office-holders comes below ministers and above secretaries. It comes in handy in accommodating politicians who could not be given ministerial berths owing to Constitutional restrictions on cabinet size. However, ministers often resent their presence because they are seen to be encroaching on the former’s area of operation.
CPSs hold office during the pleasure of the chief minister. They are supposed to scrutinise files as they move from secretary to minister, but seldom get a chance to do so. The CPSs, 13 in number, have not been allocated specific work by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. This has been a reason for unhappiness among most of them.

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