PM’s approval will be mandatory according to reports quoting a newly-circulated note detailing work and final authority for disposal of matters handled by ministries.
1. All cabinet notes concerning DoPT
2. Posting and transfer of officers of the level of joint secretary and above.
3. Cadre allocation to officers.
4. Matters relating to Lokpal, CVC, RTI, and anti-corruption policy.
5. Cases under Article 311(2) of the Constitution of persons found involved in subversive activities.
6. Policies on retirement age of bureaucrats.
7. Representation of minorities.
8. Policies on reservation of government jobs.
9. Disciplinary actions against IAS and Grade 1 CSS officers.
10. RTI Policies
11. Constitution of any new All India Service (for example, there have been talks of creating an Indian Education Service and Indian Legal Service!)
12. Review of cases of IAS officers for continuance in service beyond the age of 50 years or after 30 years of service.
To illustrate the power that PM will now exercise, let’s explain it by an example. For appointment of a joint secretary empanelled officer to a particular ministry, say, Power Ministry, following is the convention: The Establishment Officer (EO) who works under DoPT secretary will send a panel of three joint secretary-empanelled officers to the ministry of power. The power minister will decide on one name and there are 99% chances that the officer identified gets clearance from the PMO. Only in case of secretary-level appointment, principal secretary to PM and cabinet secretary make the decision.
Under the new rules, it will be the PM himself who will decide who to appoint as power ministry joint secretary.
Understandably, the PMO is turning more powerful every passing day.