Defence Secretary of India

Defence Secretary
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Sanjay Mitra, IAS

since 25 May 2017
Ministry of Defence
Member ofStrategic Policy Group
Committee of Secretaries on Administration
Defence Acquisition Council
Defence Procurcement Board (as Chairman)
Defence Production Board
Defence Research and Development Board
Reports to
Residence9, New Moti Bagh, New Delhi[1]
SeatMinistry of Defence
South Block, Cabinet Secretariat
Raisina Hill
New Delhi
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet
Term lengthTwo years, term can be extended.[2][3][4]
Inaugural holderGS Bhalja
Formation21 July 1947; 71 years ago (1947-07-21)
Salary225,000 (US$3,300) monthly[5][6]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Defence Secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of Defence. This post is held by a senior Indian Administrative Service of the rank of secretary to the Government of India. The current Defence Secretary is Sanjay Mitra.[7][8][9]

As a secretary to the Government of India, the Defence Secretary ranks 23rd on Indian order of precedence.[10]

Powers, responsibilities and postings

Defence Secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of Defence, and is the principal adviser to the Minister of Defence on all matters of policy and administration within the Ministry of Defence.[11]

The role of Defence Secretary is as follows:

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