FUNCTIONS OF CABINET SECRETARIAT
The functions of Cabinet Secretariat is to provide secretarial assistance to the Cabinet and its various committees. It includes:
- Providing information and materials necessary for deliberations.
- Keeping a record of discussions in the Cabinet.
- Preparation and submission of monthly summaries on large number of subjects to the Cabinet.
2. ADMINISTERS IMPLEMENTATION
The Cabinet Secretariat oversees the implementation of the Cabinet decisions by the concerned Ministries and other executive agencies. It can call for information from various Ministries. As a result, each Ministry sends it a monthly statement showing the progress in the cases relating to Cabinet decisions. In case a Ministry is falling behind schedule, the matter is taken up with it to accelerate the implementation progress.
3. CENTRE OF INFORMATION
It keeps the President, the Vice-President and all the Ministries informed of the major governmental activities by circulating brief notes and monthly summaries on important matters.
Management of major crisis situations in the country and coordinating activities of various Ministries in such situations is undertaken by the Cabinet Secretariat.
5.FRAME RULES OF BUSINESS
Framing rules of Business is one of the most important Functions of Cabinet Secretariat handles the work relating to the drafting of Rules of Business and provides necessary assistance to Cabinet Committees. The Rules are framed to facilitate smooth transaction of business in Ministries of the Union Government.
The Cabinet Secretariat is the prime coordinating agency in the Union Government. It assists in decision-making in Government by ensuring inter-ministerial coordination, resolving differences amongst Ministries and evolving consensus through the instrumentality of the standing Committees of the Secretaries. The inter-ministerial problems are thrashed out in the meetings of the Committees of Secretaries. These meetings are held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary for discussing specific matters and proposals emanating from various Secretaries to the Government. Inter-ministerial coordination is required for:
- Removing difficulties and differences.
- Coordination in administrative action.
7. ADVISORY ROLE
Several cases are brought before the Cabinet Secretariat involving the President, the Prime Minister, various Ministries and the Parliament, on which it provides aid, advice and assistance. Some of these are:
- Cases involving legislation including the issuing of Ordinances.
- Addresses and messages of the President to the Parliament.
- Proposals to summon or prorogue the Parliament or dissolve the Lok Sabha.
- Cases involving negotiations with foreign countries on treaties, agreements etc.
- Proposals for sending delegations of persons abroad in any capacity.
- Proposals to appoint Public Committees of Enquiry and consideration of reports of such Committees.
- Cases involving financial implications.
- Cases which a Minister puts to the Cabinet for decision and direction.
- Proposals to vary reverse decisions.
- Cases which the President or the Prime Minister may require to be put before the Cabinet.
- Proposals to withdraw prosecutions instituted by the Government