पंकज पचौरी से सिर्फ 30 हजार रुपये अधिक पाते हैं मनमोहन सिंह

नई दिल्ली : प्रधानमंत्री की तनख्वाह उनके मीडिया सलाहकार से महज 30 हजार रुपए अधिक है। प्रधानमंत्री को हर माह मिलते हैं 1.60 लाख रुपए तो उनके मीडिया सलाहकार पंकज पचौरी को सैलरी के रूप में मिलते हैं 1.30 लाख रुपये। प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय ने डॉ. मनमोहन सिंह समेत अपने सभी कर्मचारियों की आमदनी की जानकारी आम कर दी है। इसको सार्वजनिक करने के लिए हवाला दिया गया है कि इसे राजकाज में पारदर्शिता आएगी।

पीएमओ में कुल 404 कर्मचारी-अधिकारी हैं। पीएमओ वेबसाइट पर सभी की तनख्वाह की सूची जारी की गई है। इनमें से तीन कर्मचारियों की संपत्ति का आंकड़ा भी सार्वजनिक किया गया है। पिछले सात सालों से पीएमओ में काम कर रहे ओएसडी मुथु कुमार की सैलरी 1.44 लाख रुपए है। जबकि प्रधानमंत्री के विशेष दूत एसके लांबा को प्रति माह 1.13 लाख रुपये मिलते हैं। हलांकि इनकी संपत्ति का खुलासा नहीं किया गया है। यह जानकारी सूचना के अधिकार की धारा 4 (अपनी ओर से सूचनाएं जारी करना) के तहत जारी किया गया है। इस बारे में मेल टुडे समेत कई अखबारों ने भी खबर प्रकाशित की है. नीचे मेल टुडे की खबर.

What the Prime Minister and his key men earn : Government discloses salaries and assets of the key officials in the PMO

They are the Prime Minister's power pack, the movers and shakers in the all-powerful Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Power flows from their file jottings and orders issued sometimes in monosyllables.

Rarely seen in public, they reveal little about themselves, let alone disclose their pay.

But for the sake of transparency, the government has made public the salaries and assets of the top three officials in the PMO – principal secretary to the PM Pulok Chatterji, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and adviser to the PM TKA Nair.

The disclosure, made under Section 4 of the RTI (Right to Information) Act that encourages proactive disclosure of information for the sake of transparency, also reveals the salaries of the communications adviser in the PMO Pankaj Pachauri, the officer on special duty to the PM K. Muthu Kumar and the PM's special envoy S.K. Lambah.

In fact, the salaries of all the 404 people working in the PMO, their total salary bill, the PMO's budget for 2012-13, the travel details of officials besides the PM's own salary have been posted on the PMO's website.

Pachauri draws Rs1.3 lakh per month, only Rs30,000 short of the PM's salary which is Rs1.6 lakh.

He worked with a leading news channel before moving into the PMO in January this year. Pachauri is the second-highest paid official in the PMO after Muthu Kumar, who draws Rs1.44 lakh per month.

Kumar is an Indian Information Services officer who earlier worked with Doordarshan. He has been in the PMO for the last seven years.

Interestingly, Chatterji, Menon and Nair draw less than Pachauri. Chatterji, considered the most important man in the PMO and the force behind all major policy decisions aimed at revving up the government struggling to step out of a policy paralysis, draws just Rs92,000 per month.

Both Menon and Nair draw Rs1.13 lakh per month. Lambah also draws Rs1.13 lakh per month.

Rs50,000 pay

Rs3,000 sumptuary allowance

Rs62,000 daily allowance (Rs2,000 per day)

Rs45,000 constituency allowance

Rs1.6 lakh – gross pay/month

As far as immovable assets go, Menon owns two flats in Delhi, one in Mayur Vihar with a present market value of Rs1.5 crore and another in the posh Anand Niketan area with a market value of Rs10 crore. He earns Rs32.6 lakh annually from these properties.

Chhaterji owns two flats, one in Dwarka and another under-construction four-bedroom apartment in Greater Noida. He owns a residential plot in Faridabad as well. Nair has only one property, in Kerala; a double-storey house in Thiruvananthapuram.

Overall, the PMO comes across as a huge department. In all, 404 people keep it running at a monthly wage bill of Rs1.49 crore. Of the total budget of the PMO for 2012-13 which is Rs29.3 crore, 70 per cent (Rs20 crore) will be spent on paying salaries alone; Rs3.5 crore has been earmarked for 'office expenses'.

Every year, the PMO spends Rs3 crore on the foreign travel of officials or the PM and Rs45 lakh on domestic travel. There is no staff shortage.

The only key post vacant is of media adviser to the PM after Harish Khare quit.

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