get the rank of a secretary with the apex salary (Basic: Rs 80,000 plus the current 113% dearness allowance per month plus car, accommodation and other perks), which all other union secretaries draw per month.
In Rajya Sabha secretariat, Secretary General receives the same pay with that of the cabinet secretary and secretary in Rajya Sabha receives the same pay as secretaries of other ministries or departments.
Singh, a retired CSS officer, was appointed in June this year as secretary in Rajya Sabha Secretariat. It’s the first time in the history of Indian bureaucracy, a CSS officer has moved up the ladder to draw the apex pay scale, i.e. secretary's pay.
A PhD in chemistry and also an LLB, Singh worked in ministries of steel and law, and also had a stint with former minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pension Suresh Pachouri. Later, he was elevated to the level of joint secretary and then additional secretary in the secretariat of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. After his superannuation in 2014, he was appointed as Advisor in Rajya Sabha before getting elevated as secretary.
As the secretary, he handles Rajya Sabha’s personnel section, establishment (general) section, committee section (MPLADS), recruitment cell, committee section (PPG), Rajya Sabha Television Channel and any other work assigned, according to the work allocation listed out in the Rajya Sabha secretariat’s official website.
The CSS is one of the oldest organised services in India. During the British Raj, there was an Imperial Secretariat Service which was replaced by the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in 1946. Till 2003, CSS officers were recruited through the UPSC-conducted Civil Services Examinations. Now, it’s the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) which recruits them.
Most CSS officers retire at the rank of director whereas some move up to the rank of joint secretary or even additional secretary.
Unnikrishnan Thiruvazhiyode of 1966 batch (a Malayalam language novelist who received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 for the novel Driksakshi) is one of the most prominent CSS officers. The other prominent CSS officers include Arun Kumar of 1976 batch (former GoI additional secretary, secretary of Oil Industry Development Board and executive director of Petroleum Conservation Research Association) and Gautam Sanyal of 1978 batch (principal secretary to Government of West Bengal, post retirement).
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Mamata Banerjee's most trusted bureaucrat is a CSS officer