Secretary General of the Lok Sabha

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Secretary General of the Lok Sabha
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Utpal Kumar Singh, IAS

since 30 November 2020
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerSpeaker of the Lok Sabha
Inaugural holderM. N. Kaul (1952–1964)

The Secretary General of the Lok Sabha is the administrative head of the Lok Sabha Secretariat. The secretary general is appointed by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The post of secretary general is of the rank of the Cabinet Secretary in the Government of India, who is the senior most civil servant to the Indian government.


In the discharge of his constitutional and statutory responsibilities, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is assisted by the secretary general of Lok Sabha, (whose pay scale, position and status etc. is equivalent to that of the highest-ranking official in the Government of India i.e. Cabinet Secretary), functionaries of the level of the Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary and other officers and staff of the Secretariat at various levels.[1]

The secretary general remains in office must retire at the age of 60. The secretary general is answerable only to the Speaker; actions cannot be discussed or criticised in or outside the Lok Sabha.

On behalf of the President, the secretary-general summons each Member of Lok Sabha to attend session of the Parliament and authenticates bills in the absence of the Speaker.[2] The secretary general is the advisor to the speaker. The secretary general acts under the authority in the name of the speaker and passes orders in the name of the speaker. The secretary general does not work under the speaker with delegated authority.


Lok Sabha Name Term
From To Length
1st M. N. Kaul 17 April 1952 1 September 1964 12 years, 137 days
S. L. Shakdhar 1 September 1964 18 June 1977 12 years, 290 days
Avtar Singh Rikhy 18 June 1977 31 December 1983 6 years, 196 days
Subhash C. Kashyap 31 December 1983 20 August 1990 6 years, 232 days
K. C. Rastogi 21 August 1990 31 December 1991 1 year, 132 days
C. K. Jain 1 January 1992 31 May 1994 2 years, 150 days
R. C. Bhardwaj 01 June 1994 31 December 1995 2 years, 151 days
S. N. Mishra 1 January 1996 15 July 1996 130 days
S. Gopalan 15 July 1996 26 April 1999 2 years, 285 days
G. C. Malhotra 14 July 1999 31 July 2005 6 years, 17 days
P. D. T. Acharya 1 August 2005 30 September 2010 5 years, 60 days
T. K. Viswanathan 1 October 2010 31 August 2013 2 years, 334 days
S. Bal Shekar 1 October 2013 28 February 2014 150 days
P. Sreedharan 1 March 2014 30 July 2014 151 days
P. K. Grover 30 July 2014 30 November 2014 123 days
Anoop Mishra 1 December 2014 30 November 2017 2 years, 364 days
Snehlata Shrivastava 1 December 2017 30 November 2020 2 years, 365 days
Utpal Kumar Singh 30 November 2020 Incumbent 3 years, 64 days

See also[edit]


  1. "Functioning of Lok Sabha Secretariat". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  2. "The Lok Sabha : Function, Control of Parliament and Other Details". Your Article Library. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
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